Filipinos are told to get new VaxCertPH code. Here’s why and how.

February 7, 2022 - 3:51 PM
Image from the website of the city government of Davao.

The Department of Health is advising Filipinos to update their own digital vaccination certificates after the government announced that it has updated the platform with more features.

This comes as the country continuously gives out COVID-19 vaccine booster shots and began its vaccination of children while simultaneously giving jabs for the primary series.

The DOH said that those who have generated their digital certificates on the VaxCertPH platform before Feb. 7, 2022 are advised to request a new version of their QR codes.

It added that the QR codes of the previously generated certificates will become outdated and unreadable.

Those who have already signed up are advised to regenerate their digital vaccination certificate or sign up for it 48 hours after they have been fully vaccinated.

They can go to VaxCertPH’s website or drop by their local government unit to generate their own QR codes.

Previously, VaxCertPH only accommodated details up to the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Now, there is an option to include an “additional dose,” which refers to the booster shot. The government has only started rolling it out last November.

The VaxCertPH platform, however, had a soft launch months before that.

The VaxCertPH is the official digital vaccination certificate for Filipinos and foreigners vaccinated in the Philippines.

It may be used for international and domestic travel.

The vaccination certificate also complies with the World Health Organization Digital Documentation of COVID-19 Certificates (DDCC) guidelines.

Prior to its release, vaccination cards were solely issued by local government units. As such, they were not uniform in appearance.