VaxCertPH opens for soft launch, now accepts certificate requests from OFWs

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The Philippines’ national vaccine certificate system, VaxCertPH, has opened its website for soft launch today, Sept. 6. The pilot run covers requests for digital COVID-19 vaccination certificates from Overseas Filipino Workers and individuals flying out of the country for essential purposes.

First announced by Presidential spokesman Harry Roque on Sept. 4, the soft launch will prioritize applications from residents of Metro Manila and Baguio City.

“Overseas Filipino workers and Filipinos who will be departing from the Philippines for international travel, with place of residence indicating Metro Manila and Baguio City, will be prioritized in the initial phase of the implementation of the VaxCertPH,” Roque said.

“It will later be opened to the general public and for other purposes at a later time,” he added.

Eligible individuals can request their digital certificates by visiting the VaxCertPH website or, in some local government units, the VaxCert booth in their city hall.

To begin the process, applicants will be asked for the following information:

  • Name
  • Travel status
  • Dates of first and second doses
  • City or municipality where you received the doses

If your data is not on the VaxCertPH’s database, you will be asked to verify the information you provided by uploading a copy of your vaccination card and one government-issued ID. You will also be asked to provide your e-mail address and contact number.

According to the website, all generated certificates will be valid 14 days after the final vaccination date.

VaxCertPH was developed by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) in partnership with the Department of Health. According to the DICT, the system is intended to roll out as a website and mobile app.

Apart from the data supplied by applicants, DICT said VaxCertPH relies on the “line lists” submitted by LGUs to its online Vaccine Information Management System (VIMS).

The certificates generated by the system are also compliant with the technical specifications set by the World Health Organization (WHO) for vaccination certificates.

Read more: DICT, DOH to issue digital vax certificates via VaxCertPH mobile app

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