Malacañang on Tuesday renewed its support for the issuance of vaccine passports that would help identify individuals fully vaccinated against Covid-19 cross travel borders.
A vaccine passport is a document that proves one’s Covid-19 vaccination. It indicates how many doses an individual has received, the brand of the vaccine administered and the date of vaccination, among others.
“Talagang makakatulong iyan hindi lang sa domestic travel ngunit pati sa international travel. At ang sinasabi ko nga, siguro magkakaroon talaga tayo ng uniform na passport na kikilalanin ng lahat,” Palace spokesman Harry Roque said in a virtual presser.
“Iyang passport po will enable us na talagang makabalik na sa normal, dahil kapag ikaw naman po ay nabakunahan na, bagama’t hindi talaga sigurado na 100 percent hindi ka mahahawahan e kahit papaano ay lalakas ang kumpiyansa natin,” he added.
The Department of Information and Communications Technology earlier said that it was working with the Department of Health on the creation of vaccine passports for international travel.
“Tingnan po natin kung ano ang final product output because it can only lead to desirable events,” Roque said.
More than 1.5 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as of June 6. Some 4.42 million have been inoculated with their first doses.
Cross-border travel remains restricted in the country due to varying community quarantine restrictions. John Ezekiel J.Hirro