South Africans who have been vaccinated will soon have a digital certificate or a vaccine passport.
Health Minister, Joe Phaahla, said the certificate would be available through a person’s smartphone, and can then also be printed out.
He said the certificates have been developed with fraud protection and other security measures and would be aligned with international standards.
“This initiative is in line with the World Health Organization-initiated vaccination certificate. Through this, the WHO is attempting to standardise vaccination proof all over the world,” he said.
Phaahla said the certificate would likely be used for certain services in the future, but the government has no intention of making the certificate a requirement for accessing public services.
He said vaccinated people will be able to access the certificates in ‘just over a week’.