Government to assess impact of vaccination programme before deciding how certificates will be used.
Vaccine certificates may be needed to attend social gatherings or sporting events once the majority of the population are vaccinated.
At the launch of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Programme, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said certificates could play a key role in the fight against coronavirus if the vaccine significantly reduces transmission of the disease.
The certificates are being considered for air travel in the EU, but they may also be used to allow for greater attendance at mass gatherings once most people are vaccinated.
A Government source said “nothing is being ruled in or out” in terms of how the certificates will be used, but noted that other countries have trialled using them for attending events.
However, the Government is waiting to see the impact of the vaccination programme on the spread of the disease before it decides how certificates can be used.