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LGU-issued vaccination cards are valid for international travel: DOH

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A health official said on Tuesday that Filipinos traveling overseas without a vaccination certificate (vax cert) might utilize the vaccination cards provided by their local governments.

“Our vax cert, it is required, yes, yes, but right now we’re accepting even the vaccination card, just to avoid inconvenience among our fellow countrymen leaving,” said Department of Health (DOH) officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire during a media forum.

She made the statement in response to the worries of overseas Filipino employees who fear trouble traveling abroad owing to a lack of a vaccination certificate.

Filipino travelers who travel abroad can verify their vaccination status with their vax certificate.

The contract between the Department of Health and Human Services (DOH) and DICT to create vaccine certifications expired in September.

While the DICT was in charge of the technical inputs for the database and the issue of the cards, the DOH designed the vax cert through the contract.

When we spoke with them in September, even before that, Secretary Ivan [John Uy of DICT] agreed to extend [the contract] until the end of the year, so we could move forward and finish it, according to Vergeire.

The uploading of important data by the local government entities that are in charge of keeping track of their people’s immunization records was mentioned as one of the difficulties in the fabrication of vaccine certificates.

“This is a collaboration between the national government and local governments, and hopefully we can fast track it, so that all of us will have a vaccination certificate, but as I’ve said, even in other countries they do not really require a vaccination certificate, you can just show them your vaccination card and that’s acceptable already,” she continued.

About 73,709,100 people, or 94.38 percent of the country’s target population (78,100,578), had received the Covid-19 vaccine as of December 11. Of the population receiving all recommended vaccinations, 21,038,386 have received booster doses.


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