SA’s COVID-19 vaccination certificate only fit for local use

Further upgrades to the digital certificate are expected however limitations still exist for its use abroad.

The Health Department has been offering a COVID-19 vaccination certificate for over a month however, several concerns have been raised, with some individuals claiming that their certificates are not acknowledged in some other countries. It will take some time before South Africa’s COVID-19 vaccination certificates can be available for use abroad. That’s the word from Acting Director-General at the health department, Dr Nicholas Crisp.Health Minister, Joe Phaahla says his department is working fast to make sure that the South African COVID-19 vaccine certificates are recognised worldwide. Crisp on the other hand says the certificates are only designed for local verification.“The vaccine certificate was designed for use in South Africa. It was announced, right from the word go, when the minister announced it a couple of months ago,” said Nicholas Crisp.

Adding, “The minister announced that we would do it in three phases: The first phase would be a pilot phase; the second one would be a verifiable phase using a QR code in South Africa using South African technology and the third phase would be an international phase which requires a lot of crypto-security.” According to data from the National department of health, the number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa as of 24th November 2021 is 2 948 760 with 868 new cases reported. This increase represents a 2.1% positivity rate. A further 51 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported, bringing total fatalities to 89,635 to date. South Africa has vaccinated 32.05% of its population thus far, total number of vaccines administered is 24,874,528 according to Africa CDC.