MANILA – How about a unified vaccination card for all local government units (LGUs)?
Pasay Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano brought up the idea in a radio interview on Friday, saying she supports the call of the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) for a unified database of vaccinated individuals that will make verification easier.
“Mas maganda po kapag ginagamitan ng QR (quick response) code sapagkat hindi na kailangan pang mag-type ng pagkahaba-haba para lang mag-record o di kaya mag-verify (It is easier to use QR codes as there is no more need to type longer texts to record and it can be easily verified),” she said.
Using a unified QR code system, Rubiano said, will make it easy to determine whether a vaccination card is genuine or fake.
In Pasay, Rubiano said there is an ongoing training on how to manage the vaccination database system that will be linked to the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) for easier tracing and verification.
“Sa ngayon po ay nagti-train na kami ng mga staff upang sa ganoon ay maisama na sa software system na dini-develop ng DICT ang ating vaccination records at sa ganoon ay magiging madali na rin ang pag-input sa database (We are now training our staff so that our vaccination records can be included in the database developed by the DICT for easy input),” Rubiano said.
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) earlier allowed interzonal travels of fully vaccinated individuals without presenting negative swab test results.
However, some local officials questioned how the new protocols could be enforced if vaccination cards can’t be verified.
Quirino Governor Dakila Cua, ULAP president, said LGUs were not consulted about the guidelines.
He proposed a processing system that will check the authenticity of vaccination cards prior to the implementation of the IATF order.
One of the possibilities being looked into, according to Cua, is the use of the national ID number in the verification system.
As the IATF further hones travel and quarantine guidelines, LGUs still have the flexibility to require a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction result before granting entry. (PNA)