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Iohannis: I don't think it's good idea for vaccination certificate to be used for circulation of Europeans

President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday that he did not consider it a good idea to use the COVID-19 vaccination certificate for easier circulation of European citizens, pointing out that this would create a discrimination framework.

"Personally, I don't think this is a good idea. This would create a framework of discrimination that is simply unacceptable. I believe that there should be a vaccination certificate and this certificate will also exist also here but it must be used for medical reasons. (...) But to use these vaccination certificates to divide the population of Europe in two, those who have already been vaccinated and those who have not yet been vaccinated, it does not seem a good thing to me," Iohannis told a news conference.

He was asked how he sees Greece promoting, in contacts with the European Commission, the other European institutions, but also with other member states, the idea of creating a single European certificate as proof of vaccination for citizens, so that Europeans can circulate more easily with this certificate.


În this context, President Klaus Iohannis announced at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace that he will be vaccinated against COVID-19, publicly, on Friday.

The head of state stressed that he is included in the second stage of vaccination, the first being dedicated to medical staff.

"Neither I nor the Prime Minister wanted to cut the line. It would have probably been the wrong message. But on Friday, January 15, the second stage of vaccination begins, which envisages the vaccination, for example, of teaching staff, persons over 65 years of age and persons with comorbidities, chronic diseases, but also of staff deemed essential, for example, the Presidential Administration, the Government and so on. At the beginning of the second stage vaccination campaign, I will be vaccinated publicly on Friday, January 15," said Klaus Iohannis.


According to him, mass vaccination against COVID-19 is the only solution to return to normality as soon as possible.

"Mass vaccination is the only solution to get back to normal as soon as possible and to resume safely all the activities that we have greatly missed in the past year. The success of the vaccination campaign also reflects into the recovery of the economy and the avoidance of deep crises, the effects of which can leave deep traces in society, education and the economy," said the head of state.

He added that it was "essential" that this vaccination campaign be successful, "so that we can achieve immunization of the population at the national level."