The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has just announced that it will be issuing vaccination certificates to fully vaccinated citizens in the Philippines through the VaxCertPH. The VaxCertPH will both be a web portal and mobile app. The service was developed by the DICT for the Department of Health (DOH).
The World Health Organization (WHO) proposed the use of digital vaccination certification as a mechanism through which a person’s COVID-19-related health data can be digitally documented. This can be used in the continuity of care or proof of vaccination for purposes other than health care.
“Even prior to WHO’s issuance of the standards for vaccination certificates, your DICT has already been working on the VaxCertPH in coordination with the DOH. With the new guidelines, we will continue to improve upon the current system to comply with worldwide standards”
DICT Secretary Gregorio “Gringo” B. Honasan II
VaxCertPH is highly reliant on data submitted by local government units (LGUs) through the Vaccine Information Management System. DICT provides guidance to LGUs on processing data rectification requests coming from their vaccinees.
Additionally, the agency continues to enjoin all LGUs to submit their respective line lists of vaccinated individuals through the DICT Vaccine Administration System (D-VAS) in preparation for the Vax CertPH launch.
The D-VAS is part of the VIMS that offers automated and computerized processing of vaccination administration, improving the efficiency of vaccination at the centers. This is done to simplify the submission of LGU line lists to the VIMS. Moreover, D-VAS contains directories of vaccine recipients.
VaxCertPH is planned to launch in September according to Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya in an interview with TeleRadyo. He adds that the app and web portal will be free, safe, and secure as well as complies with the international standards of WHO.