Wednesday, October 06, 2021

South African Set to Use Digital Covid -19 Certificate System

South Africa's digital Covid-19 vaccine certificate, which features a scannable QR code, has been launched by the department of health.

This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa said the country would soon have standardized proof of vaccination to facilitate travel, access to establishments, and other activities and digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate will only be accessed by those who are fully vaccinated.

The president said the certificate can be used to facilitate travel, access to establishments and gatherings, and other forms of activity that require proof of vaccination status," President Cyril Ramaphosa said of the vaccination certificate during the announcement of South Africa's move to Adjusted Alert Level lockdown.

The system, developed according to guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in August, creates a digital copy of the standard vaccine card issued to those at vaccination sites.

This digital version, which can be downloaded as a PDF and used on a mobile device or printed, is linked to the vaccination code issued by the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS). This EVDS vaccination number is included on the physical card and the SMS verification received after being vaccinated.

Once the form is completed, with identity type, name, surname and EVDS code, users will need to supply their mobile numbers. A One Time Pin (OTP) will be sent to the supplied number in an SMS. The OTP can then be entered to access the final, digital Covid-19 vaccine certificate.

Done by Lucille Dyosi

 

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