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Updated 16 February 2022

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

For Filipino residents and non-residents who have been 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 recognised in foreign jurisdictions. VaxCertPH will contain information such as the date and venue of immunisation, vaccine brand, and QR code.

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 Yellow Card provides information on a person’s vaccination status against diseases apart from COVID-19. Whereas the VaxCertPH certifies a person’s vaccination status in the Philippines only against COVID-19.  

VaxCertPH for Filipinos

Currently, the vaccine certification is available to fully vaccinated Filipinos in the country.

VaxCertPH for OFWs

The certificate is issued to those who have been inoculated in the Philippines and aims to make travel smoother for OFWs as they enter their ports of destination. Those with a place of residence within the NCR (National Capital Region) can apply for the VaxCertPH.

VaxCertPH for those vaccinated abroad 

Recipients who have received their COVID-19 vaccine dose outside the Philippines cannot avail the VaxCertPH as their vaccination records will not be accessible by the central database go Philippines which holds the data of recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine only from the Philippines. 

VaxCertPH registration 

You can avail the vaccine certificate either by registering for it online or by visiting your nearest VaxcertPh booth. 

Registering online 

  • 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.

Registering via VaxCertPH booth

Visit the official VaxCertPH booth of the local government unit (LGU) of your vaccination to request for assistance in generating your vaccine certificate. Locations of booths are as follows:

  1. Manila – SM Manila
  2. Paranaque – Ayala Mall Manila Bay
  3. Muntinlupa – Museo ng Muntinlupa
  4. Makati – Glorietta 2 and Ayala Circuit Mall and SM Makati
  5. Pasig – Pasig Mega Parking
  6. Las Pinas – SM Southmall
  7. Pateros – Municipal Hall
  8. Quezon City – City Hall
  9. Malabon – Malabon City Hall
  10. Marikina – City Hall
  11. Caloocan – City Hall
  12. San Juan – City Hall
  13. Pasay City – Cuneta Astrodome
  14. Navotas City – Navotas City Hall
  15. Mandaluyong City – SM Megamall, Robinson’s Forum and Manda City Hall

VaxCertPH QR code and certificate download

After successful generation, you may either:

  1. Download the VaxCertPH as PDF/JPG
  2. Take a screenshot
  3. Print in desired size, provided that the QR code is clear and large enough to be scanned

 

Sample of VaxCertPH- https://vaxcert.doh.gov.ph

VaxCertPH scanner and verifier

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

  • Through your mobile phone or computer or laptop, with a webcam, 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 device’s camera.
  • Click on the “Scan” button below.
  • Place the camera in front of your vaccine certificate’s QR code. The red line should be at the middle of the 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.

How to request for VaxCertPH record updates?

Users can update their VaxCertPH records if:

  • The generated VaxCertPH contains incorrect details (name, vaccination site, etc.)
  • Previously generated VaxCertPH does not yet contain booster/additional doses

Follow these steps to update your records:

  • Click “Update record” to begin the process of updating.
  • You will have to upload a photo of your vaccination card and government-issued ID and enter your email address and/or contact number.
  • Your request will be forwarded to the GU where you received your vaccination so they can validate and rectify your vaccination records.
  • You will be notified through your email address or contact number once your request is completed.

How to track the request status?

To track the progress of your request, follow these steps:

  • Click “Track Request Status” in the landing page of the site here
  • Enter your Reference ID and First Name;
  • Once you click “Submit”, the status of your request will be displayed including the status description and any remarks from the LGU.

What can I do with my vaccine certificate?

Although the VaxCertPH is not a requirement for purposes such as entry to venues, school enrolment, employment, or any other transactions, the vaccine certificate has been widely used for domestic and international travel purposes. 

For domestic travel

To prove the status of your vaccination while travelling, authorities will accept VaxCertPH digital certificates for purposes of domestic travel. The Philippine authorities have also urged all LGUs to fast track the submission of their vaccination records so that the VaxCertPH program may be available nationally at the soonest possible time.

Quarantine-free travel for returning Filipinos

The government of Philippines has temporarily suspended the green, yellow, and red list countries that were earlier in place and has decided to accept returning Filipinos who are fully vaccinated to enter the Philippines without having to quarantine, provided that they have the following documents: 

  1. VaxCertPH
  2. World Health Organization (WHO) International Certificates of Vaccination and Prophylaxis (ICV)
  3. National/state digital certificate of the foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement unless otherwise permitted by the IATF

For international travel

The following countries currently recognize VaxCertPH as valid proof of vaccination: 

  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Malaysia
  • Monaco
  • New Zealand
  • Oman
  • Oatar
  • Republic of Korea
  • Samoa
  • Singapore
  • Slovenia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • The Netherlands
  • Timor Leste
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • USA
  • Vietnam

Entry regulations and quarantine protocols for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers imposed by the above-mentioned countries/territories shall still apply.