Sat. Sep 18th, 2021

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved the creation of a sub-Technical Working Group (TWG) tasked to facilitate the issuance of digital vaccination certificates for fully vaccinated persons.

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In a press statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the sub-TWG would craft policies on the distribution of national certificates to individuals who have received two doses of any coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine.

“The IATF approved the constitution of a sub-Technical Working Group to design, deploy, support, and recommend relevant policies related to the national certificate for Covid-19 vaccinations, otherwise known as ‘VaxCertPH’,” said Roque, also acting as IATF-EID spokesperson.

The sub-TWG will be led by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), he said.

Roque said members of the sub-TWG include the Department of Health (DOH), the departments of the interior and local government, foreign affairs, tourism, transportation, and labor, and the National Privacy Commission and other agencies that may be included by the DICT.

“VaxCertPH” is a portal and mobile application developed by the DICT for the DOH for the issuance of digital vaccination certificates for fully vaccinated Filipinos.

In a separate briefing Thursday, DICT Undersecretary Emmanuel Rey Caintic said the system would allow the public to apply for their certificate through an online portal by the first week of September.

That’s where they will put all of their details like their name or when they were vaccinated that will be looked on our vaccine information database,” he said in Filipino.

If the information entered matches what is available in the database, he said the vaccine certificate will be immediately issued.

If their record still cannot be found, he said the concerned local government unit (LGU) could have failed to send their record to the system.

The certificate can be used in tandem with their passport to go overseas

Caintic said while the system is ready and already up-to-par with the WHO’s digital documentation Covid certificate, LGUs are still being trained to allow for its smooth rollout.

The public’s vaccination data will be managed by the DICT and the DOH.

To ensure authenticity, the vaccine certificates will be “digitally signed” based on the records of the DOH.

To date, majority of LGUs, especially in Metro Manila, are able to submit “100 percent” of the information on the vaccinations they have administered daily.

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