DICT: VaxCertPH updated to add COVID booster shot info, more security features

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 17) — What’s in the updated version of the country’s digitally issued vaccine certificates? A Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) official on Thursday explained what’s new with VaxCertPH.

Ang pinakamahalagang update is ‘yung pagsama ng booster shots,” DICT officer-in-charge Manny Caintic said in the Laging Handa briefing. “Kapag kumuha kayo ng mga VaxCert, makikita niyo na rin ang pangatlong jab ninyo sa vaccine certificate."

[Translation: The most important update is the inclusion of booster shots. Once you generate your VaxCert, you may also see your third jab in the vaccine certificate.]

The Department of Health on Feb. 7 urged all individuals with vaccine certificates to request new ones, as QR codes generated earlier will be unreadable and deemed outdated with the inclusion of new features in VaxCertPH.

Among these are security features in light of VaxCertPH's acceptance in more countries, Caintic said. Some 41 countries to date accept VaxCertPH as status proof under a mutual agreement with the Philippines, which also recognizes their respective national vaccine certificates. 

Kailangan lang dagdagan [We just needed to add more] in accordance to the standards,” said the DICT official on VaxCertPH’s additional security features.

The agency likewise expects 90% of all vaccination data from local government units (LGUs) will be uploaded to VaxCertPH in three to four months’ time, stated Caintic.

Individuals who wish to correct their VaxCertPH data may also go to their respective LGUs’ vaccination centers to get it directly revised, he added.

VaxCertPH may be used to prove COVID-19 vaccination status for international and domestic travel.