Vietnam begins to issue vaccine passports on April 15

The Health Ministry begins to issue vaccine passports on April 15 in line with the schedule.
Vietnam begins to issue vaccine passports on April 15 ảnh 1 Vaccine passport form displayed on the PC Covid-19 App. (Photo: The Ministry of Health)
Vietnam’s vaccine passport follows standards issued by WHO and the EU which are being applied by 62 nations.  
The passport will be available on PC Covid-19 or Digital Health (So suc khoe dien tu) apps.  If people do not have the apps, they can get their passports by accessing the health ministry's portal and filling in necessary information. They will then receive the passports by email.

The passport template was revealed by the Health Ministry in December last year, which has 11 fields of information: name, date of birth, nationality, 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.

The name and date of birth will be integrated with other personal identification documents (passports or citizen identification cards).

The information is encoded into a QR code, which will expire after 12 months. Following their expiry, people will be notified and a new QR code will be created instead.

So far Vietnam has reached mutual recognition of vaccine passport with 19 countries, namely Japan, the US, the UK, Australia, India, Belarus, Cambodia, the Philippines, Palestine, Maldives, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Turkey, Singapore, Saint Lucia, the Republic of Korea, Iran and Malaysia.

As of April 14, Vietnam had administered nearly 209 million vaccine doses, with nearly 100 percent of people over 18 having received full two shots and over 51 percent having received a booster shot. In the group age from 12 to under 18, 99.9 percent have got one shot and 95.3 percent full two shots.

Vaccination for children from 5 to under 12 started on April 14, and the children will also be granted vaccine passports like people in other age groups.

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