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Vaccination database being rushed by government

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Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says it’s likely there will be a database of fully vaccinated Filipinos by the end of July. This will eliminate the current need for carrying vaccination cards. The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is encoding names to be able to have a “real time” database soon.


As of July 6, Duque stated, the DICT was able to encode 3.6 million out of the 12 million vaccines. Out of that number, roughly 807,000 who already got two jabs have been encoded as well. He went on to explain that previous complaints about the DICT database were due to the line list having a few vaccines only.


The DICT data will provide instant authentication or certification for people who have been vaccinated when it is complete. This will be done through cellphones, much like other countries are going about it. Filipinos can apply for a Vaccine Certificate of Record through a website the DICT established.

However, the website currently has a message stating the “issuing service is temporarily held in abeyance” as local governments update the records.


Local governments have begun to take measures against possible falsifications. Makati Mayor Abby Binay shared that their vaccination cards have security features such as a QR (quick response) code and a watermark seen through ultraviolet light. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said recently that their city would apply tamper-proof stickers on their vaccination cards.


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