Officials discuss vaccine passport scheme

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, head of the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control, chaired a meeting on Covid-19 vaccine passports.

At the meeting, representatives of the Tourism Advisory Council agreed with the guidelines of the steering committee and the Ministry of Health (MoH) on the issuance of the passports.

The steering committee listened to reports and opinions from the ministries of information and communications, foreign affairs, health, public security and national defence on infrastructure, research, policies and specific instructions to implement vaccine passports when possible, while ensuring safety.

For citizens, immunisation information will be integrated into the electronic health record system.

Experts believe this is the most convenient way for people to registers their vaccination, while controlling travel and movement amid the pandemic.

Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said that when getting vaccinated, people have to download the electronic records application and re-declare necessary information.

Medical facilities will scan QR codes instead of filling in paperwork. People can then be screened, vaccinated and monitored after vaccination.

After receiving the vaccination, people will receive a certificate and a QR code. The management agency captures information and data to implement the Covid-19 vaccination programme and is provided with a tool to monitor information of those who have received the Covid-19 vaccine.

For foreigners and representatives of ministries, major mobile carriers said that infrastructure will be deployed next month.

The system will take into account the most complex cases and will be ready to be deployed immediately after specific policies on vaccine passports are issued.

Regarding specific policies and guidelines, the MoH is continuing to work with foreign health agencies so that Vietnam can soon participate in the international community’s joint efforts to facilitate trade and travel for people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in other countries.

The MoH said that in Hai Duong province, in the last 12 days, only one or two new cases were recorded per day.

The Ministry of Health is reviewing the quarantine work in the province and at the same time directing it to improve testing quality. — Vietnam News/ANN

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