As promised by President Cyril Ramaphosa, the National Department of Health has begun issuing digital vaccine certificates. Individuals who are fully vaccinated receive digital vaccine certificates that include a QR code.
Vaccination certificates have become increasingly significant, particularly for those wishing to travel inside and mostly outside the country. Most countries now require travelers to their countries to present vaccination certificates or passports. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa revealed last month that the World Health Organization informed and advised on the immunization certificates and passports.
South Africa’s issuance of digital immunization certificates is consistent with global trends. For example, Europe has begun issuing the European Union’s Digital Covid Certificate (EUDCC) to all of its 27 member states, the United States has already implemented a digitalized system of health records for all of its citizens via smart phones, and the United Kingdom has implemented the NHS Covid Pass.
Individuals who are properly vaccinated, according to the National Department of Health, can obtain their digital certificates on the Department of Health’s website. The QR code, on the other hand, is not intended to be viewed by the general public but rather by institutions wishing to verify the vaccine digital certificate’s validity.
How to Get Your Digital Vaccine Certificate
To access the certificate on the website, you will need to follow the following steps:
- On the website, select Get My Vaccine Certificate
- Select your identity type from the Drop-down options ( Select RSA Identity Number, Passport Number, or Asylum seeker/Refugee Number)
- Enter your proof of vaccination code ( The one you should have received as a sms after being vaccinated)
- Fill in your full name
- Enter your phone number so as to receive a ( One -Time-Pin)OTP number
- Download your vaccine certificate which will be in PDF form.
Citizens are being encouraged to participate in the vaccination program around the country in order to help prevent the epidemic of COVID 19 deaths. As the President noted, a vaccine certificate or passport will simplify and standardize proof of vaccination and will contribute significantly to the relaxation of a number of foreign travel restrictions.
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