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Davao City LGU to launch VaxCertPH by end-September – official

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The national government is eyeing to roll out the Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate or VaxCertPH program, an online portal, in Davao City by the end of this month, an official said Tuesday, September 21.

Covid-19 Task Force spokesperson Dr. Michelle Schlosser said that after the soft-launching of the VaxCertPH program in Metro Manila and Baguio City, which was initially available only to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and foreign travelers, the national government is set to launch it in other areas, including Davao City.

Schlosser said that the Davao City Information Technology Center (CITC) is working closely with the national government to set the launching of the program nationwide before September ends.

The local government units (LGUs) are tasked to submit the list of vaccinees through the Vaccine Information Management System (VIMS). The online portal was developed by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) for the Department of Health (DOH).

Data from the Davao City Vaccination show that as of September 16, 433,478 Dabawenyos have been fully vaccinated while 677,415 have already received their first dose. The city government targets to inoculate around 1.2 million of the city’s 1.8 million population.

The vaccination certificate is purposely for those who are planning to travel abroad as countries are now requiring travelers to be fully vaccinated. The certificate will serve as proof that an individual has completed the required doses.

“The vaccination certificates are very important when you travel abroad, especially for the OFWs. Some countries are requiring travelers to be fully vaccinated. That’s the main purpose of the certificates,” she said.

“We would want the online platform to be accessible to the public, traveling or not. Again, the final rollout of the program to other LGUs will be on September 30,” she added.

The Davao Covid-19 Task Force official said that the unified digital certificate will help address the rampant proliferation of counterfeit vaccination cards as it indicates a unique nine-digit number that stands as the Certificate ID number. It also contains the individual’s personal information and the holder’s vaccination status.

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