South Africa’s new COVID-19 vaccine ‘ID system’ and how it works

ID System
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The South African government is developing a new vaccine ID system – the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) – to assist with the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines across the country.

The Department of Health said that all South Africans who are vaccinated will be placed on a national register and provided with a vaccination card.

The need for identification or proof of vaccination will become vital in the near future, especially for those wanting to travel internationally.

South Africa’s New ID System

South Africa’s new Covid-19 ID system will reportedly assist in the management and surveillance of the Covid-19 vaccine. The EVDS will provide and track information, such as:

  • Patient information, including demographics and number of doses
  • Safety information – such as possible adverse events following immunisation
  • Details of vaccine administration sites
Additional Features

The ID system will also send a reminder to registered citizens for follow-up appointments, to receive their second dose and will also include an integrated track-and-trace system for those who do not show up to get their second shot. A dashboard system is also being developed to capture the reasons given for vaccine refusal.

Vaccine Passports for Travel

A type of ID system and proof of a vaccine is likely to become increasingly important in the coming months and years, especially for international travel.

The European Union is already laying the ground for vaccine passports. A common approach for mutual recognition of vaccination documentation is of the “utmost importance,” the Commission said, adding that it wants “an appropriate trust framework” to be agreed upon by the end of January.

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“A common EU approach to trusted, reliable and verifiable certificates would allow people to use their records in other member states. Though it is premature to envisage the use of vaccine certificates for other purposes than health protection, an EU approach may facilitate other cross-border applications of such certificates in the future,” the Commission said.

Major companies including Oracle and Microsoft and Salesforce, have joined the Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI) – an ID system that will enable individuals vaccinated for Covid-19 to access their vaccination records in a secure, verifiable and privacy-preserving way.

“As the world begins to recover from the pandemic, having electronic access to vaccination, testing, and other medical records will be vital to resuming travel and more,” said Mike Sicilia, executive vice president of Oracle’s Global Business Units.

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“This process needs to be as easy as online banking. We are committed to working collectively with the technology and medical communities, as well as global governments, to ensure people will have secure access to this information where and when they need it.”

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  1. This is a controlling and. Frustrated system of lies fed from the beginning I wonder how will you guys cope with out media because that’s the toll you use

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