image source, EPA image caption The Covid digital certificate has been deployed in EU Member States from July 2021
Irish passport holders vaccinated in Northern Ireland must have access to a digital Covid certificate from the 'EU via an Irish government website.
The government is developingopps an online port that will allow Irish citizens who have been vaccinated outside the EU to request digital proof of their vaccine.
The portal is expected to be up and running later this week, according to the Irish broadcaster RTÉ.
Cross- access was suggested earlier this year but has been delayed.
The Republic of Ireland started using the EU's Covid digital certificate system in July.
It is used as a form of "passport " to give members of the public access to the international travel and hospitality industries.
The EU certificate can be issued if a person has been fully vaccinated against Covid -19; recently had a negative PCR test or recently recovered from illness.
If you have a certificate you should in principle be exempt from testing or quarantininggroin .
Shortly before the adoption of the EU system in the Republic of Ireland, Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Micheal Martin and other high-ranking government ministers Irish have suggested that it would be made available to most Irish passport holders living in Northern Ireland.
However, it was later announced that this would not be the case bec because the Irish State had no official vaccination records outside the Republic of Ireland,
At the time, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said the issue would be "kept under review ".
'Massive news '
Speaking to Hfrance.fr Radio Foyle's Mark Patterson show on Wednesday, Neale Richmond of the Fine Gael party said "Any Irish passport holder in Northern Ireland who has received a vaccine will be entitled to be vaccinated. 'get the EU certificate through the portal'.
"It 's the same with any Irish passport holder who has received a vaccine anywhere, as long as it is one of the recognized vaccines such as Astra Zeneca or Pfizer, "he said.
Mr. Richmond, which represents the Dublin Rathdown circumion in the Dail (Irish Parliament), is also Fine Gael's spokesperson for European affairs.
image source, image caption We hope the online portal will be up and running by the end of this week
"This is also huge news for many people in my own circumion. in Dublin who are from the north… this is great news for a lot of people. You won't need PCR testing or having to isolate for five days, "he said.
" It's not even just the countries of the world. 'EU. about 42 countries included in this and there will be an agreement between the EU and countries like Canada and the US much sooner than the UK and these countries.
Mr. Richmond also said he hoped the portal would be up and running by the end of this week.
Sinn Fein Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile also praised the development.
"I raised the importance of resolving this issue directly with Minister [of Health] Donnelly before the summer recess," he said.
"I look forward to the online portal to apply when opening in the next few days so that people can take advantage of this service.