As promised, unified vaccination cards are slated for distribution beginning September 1, according to the Metro Manila Development Authority.
MMDA chair Benhur Abalos reported that Metro Manila local governments have uploaded 90% of their data, which will then be forwarded to the Department of Information and Communications Technology, whose job it is to organize the information.
Metro Manila mayors are eyeing to finish uploading vaccination information before August is out.
The issuance of such vaccination cards stemmed from the matter of overseas Filipino workers being denied entry into Hong Kong. Foreign affair secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said that Hong Kong did not honor locally-issued vaccine cards.
The establishment of unified vaccination cards was also done to prevent already vaccinated persons from receiving third or fourth booster shots. The DICT was instructed to create a portal or website through which local governments could check if a person has already received their Covid jabs.
Getting booster shots, said Abalos, is illegal and anyone found to be doing so can and will be charged accordingly.
Earlier, the DICT had said that vaccination cards or certificates would be issued this month. Government officials have questioned the delay, stressing migrant workers’ urgent need for the document.
Meanwhile, those who are already scheduled to leave will have to obtain an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP), a yellow card given by the Bureau of Quarantine indicating what vaccines they have received.