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DICT urges LGUs to submit list of vaccinated residents

The Department of Information and Communications Technology urged local government units in the country to submit their list of residents vaccinated against COVID-19 for its digital vaccine certificate project.

In a statement on Thursday, the DICT said LGUs can submit their line lists of vaccinated residents through its vaccine administration system, which is part of its Vaccine Information Management System (VIMS).

“We are reminding our LGUs to make use of the free DICT-Vaccination Administration System, or D-VAS, which comes with assistance from our DICT field teams on efficient data capturing and submission of Line Lists, or their vaccination events records, to the VIMS,” DICT Secretary Gregorio “Gringo” B. Honasan II said.

Honasan said the DICT and the Department of Health are already working on the "VaxCertPH," which will be issued to fully vaccinated individuals in the country.

“For the system to effectively work, we need data from the LGUs that are complete, accurate, and compliant with the prescribed format for uploading to the system. If we have this, then we can expect both the portal and the mobile app to produce the desired results,” he said.

The World Health Organization earlier proposed the use of digital vaccination certificates, which documents a person’s current vaccination status, as a mechanism through which a person’s COVID-19-related health data can be digitally documented.

“Our goal is to simplify everything by using digital technologies—easier vaccination procedures, and even simpler certification of fully vaccinated individuals. To do this, we need the VaxCertPH to have access to complete and reliable data, and that’s where the role of the D-VAS and the LGUs that would operate it come in,” Honasan said.

Earlier, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. disclosed that the vaccination cards being issued in the Philippines are not accepted in Hong Kong because they are not connected to a single source. — Ma. Angelica Garcia/BM, GMA News