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Updated 3 December 2021

Since the start of the vaccination effort in the Philippines, the country has administered millions of COVID vaccines so far. Assuming every person needs 2 doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated a decent percentage of the country’s population.

Currently, vaccination is not mandatory in the Philippines although the government highly encourages the public to get vaccinated and protected against viral infection. Generally speaking, all citizens over the age of 18 are eligible for the jabs.

For Philippines residents who have been partially or fully vaccinated, here is how you can get your COVID-19 vaccination certificate known as VaxCertPH and what you can do with it.

 

What is VaxCertPH?

VaxCertPH is the official designation of the Philippines’ vaccine certificate issued by the Department of Health (DOH). The digital vaccine certificate complies with the digital guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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The VaxCertPH facilitates Filipinos in properly reflecting their fully vaccinated status. The vaccine certification also equips Filipino travellers travelling abroad with a form of vaccine passport recognized in foreign jurisdictions.

Please note that VaxCertPH is not to be confused with the International Certification of Vaccination (ICV) also known as the Yellow Book or Yellow Card. The Philippines vaccine certificate is to be implemented in concurrence with the Yellow Card. 

 

How to download the COVID vaccine certificate?

Currently, the vaccine certification is only available to fully vaccinated individuals. The program is now available for domestic use and is now issued to both OFWs as well as local travellers. It is no more limited to outbound migrant workers.

  • Register yourself on the online portal 48 hours after receiving your final dose. Note that the certificate’s validity starts 14 days after completing the registration.
  • Upon accessing the VaxCertPH portal, you will be presented with the option to either request a vaccination certificate or verify an existing vaccination certificate. Select the first option.
  • Enter your personal information such as your full name and date of birth and so on. Please ensure that your submitted details are correct and match the details on your vaccination card.
  • You will also be asked some questions regarding your vaccination details and whether or not you’re planning on travelling abroad. Provide the answers accordingly.

If the system is unable to locate your vaccination details, you can upload your vaccination card, valid ID, along with your e-mail address and contact information.

Once the system has registered your data, you may proceed to obtain a copy of your VacCertPH by either downloading, printing, or taking a screen capture of the displayed QR code.

Vaccine certificate for OFWs

The certificate is issued to those who have been inoculated in the Philippines and aims to make travel smoother for OFWs as well as other Filipino travellers as they enter their ports of destination. Those with a place of residence within the NCR (National Capital Region) and Baguio City have been given priority in the first-phase implementation of VaxCertPH.

VaxCertPH will be made available to the rest of the general public at a later time when the program is launched nationwide.

Vaccine certificate for domestic use

VaxCertPH, the Philippines’ digital vaccine certificate system has started accepting digital vaccination certificate requests for domestic use, including travel. The certificates are now issued to local travellers. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque stated that the IATF approved the recommendation to open the digital vaccination certification system for domestic use, noting that these certificates were previously limited only to outbound migrant workers.

 

VaxCertPH verifier

The QR Code of your vaccine certificate can be verified by following some simple steps:

  • Through your mobile phone open the VaxCertPH web portal.
  • Upon accessing the VaxCertPH portal, you will be presented with the option to either request a vaccination certificate or verify an existing vaccination certificate. Select the second option.
  • Make sure to allow the website to access your phone’s camera.
  • Click on the “Scan” button below.
  • Place the camera in front of your vaccine certificate’s QR code.
  • The application will now display that your QR code, as well as your name, birth date and gender, has been verified. Hence, your vaccine certificate will be successfully verified.

 

What can I do with my vaccine certificate?

For now, VaxCertPH is mainly used for international and domestic travels in line with the guidelines of the WHO on digital documentation of COVID-19 certificates.

This means that if you’re an OFW or a Filipino looking to travel overseas, your vaccination certificate will help ensure you have a smooth and hassle-free journey. 

Senior citizens and immunocompromised individuals are eligible to receive an additional vaccine dose and can choose between any authorized COVID-19 vaccine brand as their booster shot. They will need to present their valid ID, original vaccine card and a medical certificate (for immunocompromised individuals).