Digital vaccination certificate rollout pushed back to Sept.

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THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has pushed back the implementation of the vaccination certificate to the first week of September 2021.

According to DICT Undersecretary Emmanuel Caintic, they are still training the local government units (LGUs) for three weeks now so they won’t get overwhelmed when the nationwide rollout is launched.

“The system is ready and it is already integrated into the World Health Organization (WHO) countries,” he said during a Laging Handa press briefing.

Under the Digital Documentation of Covid-19 Certificates: Vaccination Status — Technical Specifications and Implementation Guidance issued on July 27, 2021, the WHO proposed the use of digital vaccination certificates.

It documents a person’s current vaccination status, as a mechanism through which a person’s Covid-19-related health data can be digitally documented via an electronic certificate for use in continuity of care or as proof of vaccination for purposes other than health care.

Caintic said the digital vaccination certificate is the newest standard laid down by the WHO to be used in other countries.

“With the digital certificate, other countries are assured that it is issued by the country’s ministry of health,” he said.

To prevent fake vaccine certificates, Caintic said the only issuer is the Department of Health (DOH).

“They are the only agency that issues this certificate. They are the only ones that digitally signed these certificates based on the records under the DOH,” he said.

DICT Secretary Gregorio Honasan II said the vaccination certification can also be useful for contract tracing and monitoring of vaccinated individuals.

The Philippines’ VaxCertPH developed by the DICT for the DOH relies on the data submitted by the LGUs through the Vaccine Information Management System (VIMS). Thus, VaxCertPH is highly reliant on the quality of data collected in the VIMS.

The DICT, in accordance with the directives of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, is currently focusing on training operators or users from various LGUs on proper data entry to lessen the chances of data-related errors on the certification portal.

The DICT is also providing guidance to LGUs on processing data rectification requests coming from their vaccinees. (JOB)

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