DOH: DICT Working On COVID-19 Vaccination Card Verification System

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The DICT was working on a COVID-19 vaccination card verification system, according to DOH.

The Department of Health (DOH) said that the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) was working on a COVID-19 vaccination card verification system.

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On Friday, the Department of Health said that the Department of Information and Communications Technology was currently working on a system that would verify a person’s COVID-19 vaccination status.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in an online media forum that the DICT’s plan was to create an application that will contain a digital version of the COVID-19 vaccination card and a QR code that can be scanned if people needed to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination to enter an area.

According to Vergeire, the DICT committed in the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) meeting that they already have a system in place. However, Vergeire said that the local governments have to cooperate and to submit their lists of vaccinated individuals.

DICT committed yesterday (July 8) in the IATF meeting na meron na tayong sistema. Kailangan lang talaga, local governments have to cooperate and submit every day itong listahan nila ng nabakunahan,” Vergeire said.

READ ALSO: DICT Working On Digital COVID-19 Vaccination ID Card — Nograles

Officials have clarified that it was within the discretion of the local government units (LGUs) whether they still wanted to require fully vaccinated travelers to present their negative RT-PCR test results prior to entering their localities.

The clarification came after the IATF said that people who completed their vaccination can present their COVID-19 vaccination card instead of a COVID-19 test result.

Meantime, Vergeire encouraged local governments to issue vaccination cards that cannot be faked.

We really need to use technology so it is going to be tamper-proof…because if you use technology, you can easily verify these vaccination cards,” Vergeire said.

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