Will we have an EU vaccination certificate soon?

The Greek PM has written to the Commission president proposing the EU introduce a vaccination certificate, for “facilitating the freedom of movement of persons who have been vaccinated against #COVID19,” @florianeder reports.
Airlines, concerts, universities, etc could only admit people who have certificate. Could help in overcoming vaccine scepticism.

“It's urgent to adopt a common understanding on how a vaccination certificate should be structured so as to be accepted in all member states" said PM.
Greece will not "make vaccination a prerequisite for travel", PM says, but "persons who have been vaccinated should be free to travel” (will be airlines' decision).

“This will also provide a positive incentive for ensuring that citizens are encouraged to undergo vaccination.”
While this could provoke a backlash from anti-vaxers saying they're effectively being forced to vaccinate, I'd point out that we've already been doing this with vaccines in the West for decades.

In USA vaccinations aren't mandatory - but you can't go to school without them.
Here's the main problem with this plan in my eyes:

It's a complicated task. By the time any such scheme is up and running, people in EU at risk of dying from #COVID19 have probably already been vaccinated.

Does it make sense for intra-EU travel?

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