A new mechanism to request the QR code of the vaccination certificate against the novel Coronavirus was simplified as of this past Tuesday, October 26. Now, users will be able to complete a self-management process that can be carried out from the website of the Ministry of Health, without having to fill out a form or send emails.
The change was announced on Tuesday afternoon by the director of Digital Governance, Jorge Mora, during the update conference on the national state of emergency due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Those who wish to acquire the code will have to enter the Ministry of Health link, they must have a complete scheme in the country and allow at least eight days to elapse after the injection has been placed.
The first step is to include your identification number. Then the system will ask you to specify whether or not you have a PIN (sent with the vaccination certificate). If you have it, you just have to enter it. If you do not have it, then you will need the card provided by the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), with the dates of the inoculations and the corresponding type of vaccine for the first dose.
Finally you must check a box and complete the security procedure. Subsequently, you must press the button “see vaccination status”, which will show the QR, which can be saved or printed.
Mora assured that, no later than next November 3, 100% of the pending QRs generated (approximately 1,300,000) will be updated with the European Commission form (approximately 1,300,000) due to the absence of associated emails.
Throughout his presentation, the director of Digital Governance insisted that the codes are safe since they will only show the name and date of birth of the person, as well as if they have the complete scheme.
He also assured that the inoculation information is encrypted and the content has security data such as a unique identification and a Certified Digital Signature from the Ministry of Health.
Similarly, the spokesperson was emphatic that the QR will not assign or transmit any type of personal data to the SOIN company as a collaborator of the initiative, nor to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications (Micitt), nor to the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE) as institutions involved in the creation of the application that will read the code.
He also rejected that through this mechanism some type of monitoring of citizens will be established, since the QR will work without the need for an internet connection.
Will it be like this for everyone?
The new method will work only for Costa Ricans vaccinated in the national territory with the complete scheme. Those who were inoculated in the country with a Migratory Identity Document for Foreigners (Dimex) or were injected with one or two doses must complete another process. The former must send a photo of their identity document and vaccination card to the email [email protected]
While the latter must send to [email protected] an affidavit, a photo of their identity document, having completed the “Health Pass” required to travel to the country and a photo of their vaccination card. They must also fill out the form available at this electronic address. Currently, this process takes 15 business days to complete.