Government to introduce new digital Covid-19 certificate for South Africa.

Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla, addressed the media on Friday, 10th of September on the latest COVID-19 developments in South Africa. In these recent developments, Phaahla mentioned that the government is to introduce a new digital COVID-19 certificate for South Africans.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the digital COVID-19 certificates are a mechanism by which an individual’s Covid-19 related health data can be digitally documented through an electronic certificate.

WHO is undertaking an initiative to standardise vaccination proof globally. Phaahla states that the certificate has been developed with fraud and other security protections. The digital certificate will align with international standards.

The Association of Southern African Travel Agents (Asata) welcomes this announcement, citing that “A digital vaccination certificate will be an important criterion for any outbound travel,”

CEO of Asata, Otto de Vries, believes that the digital vaccine certificate can potentially lessen the current bureaucratic paperwork required for outbound travel.

Dr Phaahla says the digital certificate may be useful in accessing certain services and businesses in the future. He further adds that the government has no intention of making the certificate a requirement for accessing public services. The digital certificate will be available on smartphones and can also be printed out.

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