‘Covid Free’ app for mobile phones, tablets

‘Covid Free’ app for mobile phones, tablets 1

Greece’s Ministry of Digital Governance has launched a mobile phone and tablet app giving more freedom to citizens who have been vaccinated against or recovered from the novel coronavirus.

The Covid Free GR app is aimed at making it easier for citizens to display proof of immunity when entering an indoor leisure or entertainment venues that do not cater to unvaccinated patrons.

Citizens who have not been vaccinated can also use the app to show proof of a negative rapid or PCR test from a certified lab, though only for admission at open-air venues.

In order to be admitted to an indoor entertainment venue, vaccination certificates are valid 14 days after the final dose, certificates of immunity through illness are valid up to six months after diagnosis, rapid tests are valid for 48 hours – starting at 00:01 on the date the sample was taken – and PCR tests are valid for 72 hours, again from 00:01 on the date the sample was taken.

Presenting the app in Athens on Tuesday, Digital Governance Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis addressed privacy concerns saying that the app does not store or display any sensitive information, but draws from the central gov.gr database to issue color-coded certificates: Green for people who are fully vaccinated or have antibodies from having contracted and recovered from Covid-19; Yellow for those who have a negative test result; and Red for invalid or unconfirmed claims.

The app is free and can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.