Less than a week ago, President Cyril Ramaphosa promised that digital vaccination certificates would be available “soon” – and it appears that Tuesday morning that promise was kept.
Has no fanfare and no public or media release The Ministry of Health introduced the “ South African Covid-19 Vaccine Certificate System”.
A notice on the website states that only those who have fully contracted Covid-19 19 Vaccinated people can receive their digital certificate. After providing certain information, a digital QR code is generated that can be downloaded or printed out.
“The generated QR code is not intended to be read by the public , it is intended to be used by institutions that need to check the validity of the card with a QR scanner built into the vaccine certificate system that will be available in the near future, ”the website says.
While some posted on social media that they had received their QR codes, many users were faced with error messages during the process.
Attempts to get a comment from the health department on the introduction were unsuccessful. This story will be updated as soon as a comment is received.
On Thursday last week, when he moved the country to Covid-19 lockdown level 1, Ramaphosa spoke of the digital vaccination certificates.
“The health department will soon issue a vaccination card that provides a secure and verifiable proof of vaccination. It can be used to facilitate travel, access to facilities and meetings, and other activities that require proof of vaccination status.
“Our approach is based on World Health Organization guidelines and is in line with international ones Best practices. The streamlining and standardization of vaccination records will also go a long way towards easing a number of international travel restrictions both to and from our country.
“Vaccination is not just about protecting yourself and those around you . It’s also about preventing new and more dangerous variants from emerging as the virus can spread and mutate in unvaccinated populations, ”he said.
In September, Health Minister Dr. Joe Phaahla the goal of digital vaccination certificates shouldn’t penalize anyone.
Once vaccination records – or certificates as the health department prefers – were available, Phaahla said they would allow the opening up of more economic, recreational and religious activities would.
“The vaccination card is not intended to punish anyone, but to protect each other. Our goal is to ensure that we can put in place a policy that ensures that people who have been vaccinated have access to many more facilities. Nicholas Crisp is working very hard to make sure we can present [an implementation plan] for the certificate to the National Coronavirus Command Council in the next 10 days. “Sports and Recreation Departments to implement the certificate.
< The new document would not be required to gain access to critical and emergency services, he said. But the private sector could use it to control access to businesses.
“Salons may say ‘no vaccinations, no weaving’ but it won’t because it’s a government regulation,” he said .