Interior Secretary Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. on Thursday urged local government units (LGUs) to address the 1.4-million backlog in the encoding of VaxCertPH records, the government’s official digital vaccination certificate program..

In a statement, Abalos said 1,460,582 vaccination records had been backlogged in the Vaccination Information Management System (VIMS) as of Sept. 22.

“This has long been an issue in our LGUs as we try to improve the inventory of Filipino citizens who have registered for VaxcertPH. We implore our LGUs to work double time in addressing their backlogs in the VIMS,” Abalos said.

Of the number, Abalos said 334,317 were due to missing records; 308,386 were not recorded due to lack of manpower; 243,300 were due to late submission; 122,897 were due to incomplete data; 109,806 were due to missing data fields; 94,575 were due to operational and procedural issues; and 75,831 were due to issues with internet connections, among others.

“Tuloy tuloy po ang ating kampanya sa pagpapabakuna kaya kailangang maitala na po ang vaccine records ng ating mga mamamayan upang hindi ito tumambak pa,” Abalos said.

VaxCertPH is recognized across 94 countries and territories as an official vaccination certificate.

The interior department recently issued a memorandum reminding all local chief executives and LGUs that vaccine records of all vaccinated individuals should be uploaded to the VIMS within 24 hours of an individual’s inoculation.

“Kasabay ng pagbabakuna ay dapat ma-encode na ang mga impormasyon sa VIMS para maiwasan ang backlog,” he said,

The Philippines has administered 164.6 million Covid-19 vaccine doses as of Oct. 19. John Ezekiel J. Hirro