A new Covid-19 vaccine passport scheme could reportedly go live across Northern Ireland by July 5.
The scheme will ensure people across NI can provide internationally recognised proof of having had both doses of a coronavirus vaccine.
The Department of Health says the scheme might be delivered as early as July 5, providing cyber security checks are cleared, however the aim to to ensure full delivery by July 19 in line with the Republic of Ireland.
The Department’s Chief Digital Information Officer Dan West said: “The aim is effectively to have a Covid-19 vaccine passport – internationally recognised proof a person has had both vaccine doses.
“This will complement the UK’s existing traffic light system for international travel, which can include PCR tests and quarantine rules, depending on the travel location.
“While final decisions have still to be taken on how and when these vaccine certificates will be used, they are expected to make foreign travel easier for people who have had both doses.”
Mr West added: “Governments and businesses may also decide to use them in other circumstances, such as access to events and activities.
“Such decisions have still to be made here in Northern Ireland and elsewhere.
“We also want to make sure that rigorous cyber security checks are completed to protect against hackers, reflecting how seriously we take the protection of personal data,” he said.
According to the Department of Health, Northern Ireland’s vaccine certificates will in the first instance be in specialised hard copy format and will feature security and counterfeit protection features for which a specialised printing process will be required. A digital alternative to the hardcopy format will be available by mid-August.
The process of applying for and receiving hard copy certification is expected to take 10 days.