To unify vaccination certificates and cards issued in the Philippines, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is set to launch the National Digital Vaccine Certificate (VaxCertPH) within this month. 

According to DICT, VaxCertPH is part of its Vaccine Information Management System (VIMS) initiative, which aims to support the National COVID-19 Vaccination Operations Center, specifically when it comes to inoculations. 

Once launched, the certificate will be distributed to vaccinated Filipinos free of charge.

The VaxCertPH was initially scheduled for a release on the 1st of September, however, delays postponed its launch. 

DICT Undersecretary for Digital Philippines Emmanuel Rey Caintic assured it will be ready for distribution sometime this month. 

“For VaxCertPH to generate a digital certificate, it relies on the Vaccine Line List data submitted by the LGUs to the central VIMS data warehouse. All the data are made secured through the necessary encryptions and may be cryptographically verified by authorized agencies, groups, or countries,” Caintic explained. 

DICT noted that the certificate follows the World Health Organization (WHO) Digital Documentation of COVID Certificates (DDCC) guidelines. It uses verifiable credential standards that allow it to be interoperable with and ingested by authorized wallet apps like IATA’s Travel Pass, AOKpass, and others.

Caintic mentioned that VaxCertPH’s source code and data captured by the system are owned by the Philippine government.

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