Govt. eyes issuing digital vaccination certificates in more areas

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 17) — The government plans to issue digital COVID-19 vaccination certificates in more areas after addressing encoding issues, an official said Friday.

"Eventually, ang plano po namin ay ma-launch ito sa (our plan is to launch this in) Region 3, Region 4, Metro Cebu, and Metro Davao," Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said in a briefing, referring to VaxCertPH

Currently, overseas Filipino workers and outbound Filipinos from Metro Manila and Baguio City are eligible to receive VaxCertPH that serves as digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination status.

More areas will be included in the VaxCertPH's rollout once they are able to iron out issues on COVID-19 vaccination records, Malaya said.

"Inaayos natin iyong quality of the data. Minsan nagkakamali sa pag-encode iyong ating encoders from the LGU level," Malaya said.

[Translation: We are fixing the quality of the data. Sometimes, encoders at the local government unit level make encoding mistakes.]

"Once this is fully completed by the various local government units, pwede na po nating buksan para sa ibang tao, he added.

[Translation: Once this is fully completed by the various local government units, we can already offer this to other people.]

The VaxCertPH includes the holder's personal data, the brand and lot number of the vaccines, as well as the date and place of inoculation.

It also contains a QR code that will be used to match data in the Vaccination Information Management System, a central database serving all local governments.