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Vietnam issues 14 million ‘COVID-19 vaccine passports’

Vietnam issues 14 million ‘COVID-19 vaccine passports’

Monday, May 16, 2022, 14:13 GMT+7
Vietnam issues 14 million ‘COVID-19 vaccine passports’
A COVID-19 vaccine passport issued on the PC-Covid app. Photo: Duong Lieu / Tuoi Tre

The Vietnamese Ministry of Health has issued 14 million ‘COVID-19 vaccine passports’ to the general public since April 15.

A month after its official rollout, the passport is now available on the national COVID-19 app PC-Covid and the Digital Health app.

It has 11 fields of information: name, date of birth, nationality, the targeted disease, doses of vaccines received, date of vaccination, lot number of the vaccine batch, type of vaccine, vaccine product received, the vaccine manufacturer, and a code for the certification.

Information on the targeted disease, vaccine, vaccine product or manufacturer is compatible with the values provided in the World Health Organization’s 'COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker and Landscape' and the 'Value Sets for EU Digital COVID Certificates' issued by the European Union.

Data is stored in a QR code, which will expire after 12 months. 

Following their expiration, users will be notified and a new QR code will be created.

People who do not have the apps can get their vaccine passports by accessing the health ministry’s portal and filling in the necessary information, including name, gender, ID number, date of last COVID-19 vaccination, and email address. They will then receive the passports by email.

The health ministry also made corrections to information on seven million COVID-19 vaccine jabs as of Sunday, according to Nguyen Ba Hung, deputy director of the medical data center under the ministry.

It has requested provincial and municipal authorities and subordinate units to complete any corrections to information on 34 more million doses before June 1 to facilitate the issuance of ‘COVID-19 vaccine passports,’ Hung added.

As many as 81 countries and territories had accepted Vietnam’s ‘vaccine passports’ as of May 12, according to Nguyen Truong Nam, deputy head of the information technology under the health ministry.

According to the ministry’s report on May 6, the coverage rates of both first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine for the country’s adult population reached 100 percent, and 57.5 percent for third jabs.

The first and second vaccine coverage rates among children aged 12 to 17 were 100 percent and 96.4 percent, respectively, while the first-shot coverage for children aged five to under 12 was 13.7 percent.

Currently, Vietnam is in the top six countries with the highest COVID-19 vaccine coverage in the world, the ministry said.

Vietnam, with a population of 98 million people, has confirmed 10,696,630 COVID-19 cases, with 9,352,223 recoveries and 43,065 deaths, since the pandemic erupted in the Southeast Asian country in early 2020, the ministry said.

New daily infections and mortalities in the nation have sharply reduced recently to 1,594 and zero on May 15, compared to the 20,076 and 24 a month ago, the ministry’s data shows.

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Bao Anh - Duong Lieu / Tuoi Tre News

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