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Using DESKO scanners to read QR codes on vaccination certificates and digital vaccination passports

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As of today, pharmacies and doctors in Germany can issue QR codes for vaccinated patients. Germany is thus implementing the specifications for the EU's digital COVID certificate. Regardless of the many questions surrounding the specific process, one thing is certain: validation ALWAYS requires a valid identification document. Anyone who needs to check both the digital vaccination certificate with QR code and the ID card in the future will optimize this workflow with devices that can read both.

As early as July, it should be possible to use the digital certificate for cross-border travel in the EU. According to the EU Commission, in addition to Germany, the following eight member states now issue such a certificate: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Lithuania, Poland and Spain.


A digital vaccination certificate - a kind of "Corona passport" - has been speculated about for some time. Several countries have already opted for a solution, for example to lift travel restrictions for people who have already been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Israel, for example, is relying on the "green passport," Denmark is working on an app, China is offering certificates via WeChat, and a digital proof of vaccination is also expected to be available in Germany in a few weeks.

All of these projects have one thing in common: data transfer via QR code. Personal data as well as the type of vaccine or data of the first and second vaccination can be stored in this code.

The vaccination card is validated by matching it with a valid identification document. This enables efficient and fast verification, which is far superior to the handwritten entries and stickers in the conventional vaccination card.

DESKO scanners simplify the entire process because both ID documents and the QR code can be read and matched with just one device. Since many international ID documents use barcodes as data carriers, DESKO devices are designed for this technology and capture information from 1D and 2D barcodes.

DESKO scanners are therefore the ideal solution for checking QR codes on vaccination certificates and digital vaccination cards and comparing them with the corresponding identification documents in the travel sector, in authorities and at border controls.

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