Last Updated on March 22, 2022 by Tina
The Philippine government has finally launched its digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate system. The website, VaxCertPH, is supposed to provide all Filipinos with a digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate that can be verified as authentic by a centralized government database.
Last February, there were several enhancements to the VaxCertPH portal intended to upgrade to a new version of the VaxCertPH. All active certificates that were generated before February 7, 2022 were deactivated. There was also an enhancement in the scanning facility of VaxCertPH.
I checked the enhancements to the VaxCertPH and updated this post based on the new portal.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to download your COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate (VaxCertPH):
1. Go to VaxCertPH website.
Just type in vaxcert.doh.gov.ph in your browser to get to the VaxCertPH website. The website looks like this:
Click the Continue button to request a vaccination certificate. You can also verify a vaccination certificate QR code on the website.
2. Review and accept the data privacy statement.
Tick on the box and click continue to proceed. You will then be asked if you were vaccinated 48 hours ago for any of your doses. Click on the dropdown menu and select Yes then click on NEXT.
2. Enter your personal details.
Type in your last name, first name, middle name, and date of birth. Then click NEXT.
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3. Enter your vaccination details.
Tick on the box if your vaccine brand is Johnson and Johnson. Then select in the drop-down menu where you had your 1st dose vaccination, the date of your 1st dose, where you had your second dose vaccination if it is a double dose vaccine, and the date of your 2nd dose. Then click on the Verify Vaccination Information button.
5. Review your personal and vaccination details.
You will then be asked to review the details you have entered. If everything looks good, click on the Continue button to proceed.
As a way of checking, you will be asked to enter the characters shown to you.
If the details you entered are correct, you will receive a message saying your record has been found.
One of the changes I noticed in the portal is that there is now a part where you enter your passport number if you are using the certificate for travel purposes. Click on the Generate Vaccination Certificate button if there are no changes in your details.
6. Download your COVID-19 vaccination certificate.
You are now ready to download your vaccination certificate. All you need to do is click on the Download Vaccination Certificate button. You will then have a pdf file of your certificate.
Below is what the old vaccination certificate looks like. It has your personal details as well as the details of the vaccine administered to you.
And this is now the new vaccination certificate. So what are the changes? There is a slight change in the VaxCertPH logo. And then the sentence “This is a secure QR code and can be verified by using the scan functionality at https://vaxcert.doh.gov.ph/” was added below the QR code. Another change is the sentence “Certificate valid 14 days from date of final vaccination” was removed.
I didn’t try scanning the new QR code if it is really working. I tried before with the old one. To do that I went to VaxCertPH website. Then I clicked the Scan button and scanned the QR code on my vaccination certificate.
And it is verified! It showed my complete name, gender, number of doses, the date of my last vaccination, and the vaccine that was administered to me.
It is said that the COVID-19 vaccination certificate is faithful to the World Health Organization standards for digital vaccine certificates and should be recognized by applications that certify vaccination and testing records. For more details about VaxCertPH, just click on the Frequently Asked Questions button on the homepage of VaxCertPH.
I hope you found this guide useful. Make sure you don’t post a copy of your vaccination certificate online. And if you haven’t been vaccinated yet, I urge you to get jabbed now, not only for you but for the vulnerable people around you.
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