Govt. eyes issuance of digital COVID-19 vaccination cards ‘no later than September’

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 17) — The country’s portal and mobile app for issuing COVID-19 vaccination certificates is expected to become operational in a few weeks, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

In a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte and other Cabinet members late Monday night, Roque assured VaxCertPH will go live “no later than September.”

VaxCertPH is the platform being developed by the Department of Information and Communications Technology to issue digitally signed COVID-19 vaccine certificates to fully inoculated Filipino citizens.

Ito po 'yung maglulutas doon sa wala pong uniformity sa vaccine cards na ini-issue natin,” Roque said. “Hindi na po mapepeke ‘yan dahil ito po ay digitally signed and in compliance po with the WHO (World Health Organization) requirements.”

[Translation: This will solve our problem regarding the lack of uniformity in the vaccine cards we issue. These cannot be falsified as they are digitally signed and in compliance with WHO requirements.]

He added that VaxCertPH is interoperable with internationally recognized travel apps, such as the IATA Travel Pass, AOKpass, and AirAsia, among others.

In preparation for the launch, Roque said local government units are now being trained to correct erroneous records of vaccinees and to guide constituents in availing of the certificates.

Currently, WHO member countries still honor the COVID-19 vaccination “yellow cards” being issued by the Bureau of Quarantine. However, member states are also urged to immediately comply with the new standard of digital documentation.