Government changes site URL to request Covid recovery certificate after spelling mistake


Updated July 23, 2021, 10:29 PM

THE GOVERNMENT has changed the URL of its new website which allows people to request a certificate to show they had Covid-19 in the past six months after the first URL contained a spelling error.

The website is now located at irishcovidcertportal.org. It is linked on the gov.ie government website here.

The site was previously at irishcovidcertifcateportal.org – missing an “i” in the certificate. The correctly spelled domain was purchased by a reporter after spotting the error.

The website is designed as an alternative to the Digital Covid Certificate helpline for applying for this cert.

There have been issues with the DCC phone line in recent days after it went live on Monday, with callers facing long delays and many unable to reach an operator.

DCC is an EU standardized system that allows people to travel across member states without quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated, recovered from Covid-19 in the past six months, or recently received a test Covid-19 negative.

Anyone who received a positive Covid-19 PCR test more than 11 days and less than six months ago can apply for a recovery certificate.

The government site for requesting a Covid-19 recovery certificate.

People who request a recovery certificate will receive it via email within five days if a PCR test record exists, the government said.

Those who have recovered from Covid-19 and those fully vaccinated will be able to benefit from indoor catering services when they reopen next Monday.

Spelling mistake

The old name of the newly created government website to request a recovery certificate has misspelled “certificate”.

Journalist Adam Conway spotted the error earlier today and purchased the correctly spelled domain name to prevent it “falling into the wrong hands.”

“I’m happy to return it,” he said The newspaper.

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“I saw a tweet about the creation of the site and immediately noticed that the certificate was misspelled and wondered if it was a real address.”

He said that after seeing the linked website on Gov.ie, he and his friend Fionn Kelleher worked to save the correctly spelled website and “got down to business filling it with what’s on the site now “.

Irishcovidcertificateportal.org shows a drawing of a harp and a link to the current government website.

The site reads: “Looking for a Covid-19 recovery certificate? You misspelled “certificate” correctly; you are probably looking for irishcovidcertifcateportal.org.

The health ministry and government press offices have been contacted for comment.


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