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Japan launches COVID vaccine certificate app

  • December 21, 2021
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All national dailies wrote that the GOJ launched on Monday a smartphone app that allows people to display proof of vaccination that can be used for multiple purposes, including immigration procedures. The app, called the COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate Application and available for both iPhone and Android smartphones, displays information such as the number of doses a user has received, the dates of inoculation, and the vaccine manufacturer. Municipal governments have been issuing vaccine certificates in paper form since the summer, but the app makes it easier for people to obtain certification through the “My Number” national identification system. By scanning their My Number cards with a smartphone, people can pull up information on the app regarding their inoculation status from the Vaccination Record System (VRS), a cloud system created by the government and used by municipalities to manage data on residents’ inoculation status. For use in international travel, users will also need to input their passport data. In addition to using the digital certificates for quarantine inspections in destination countries, the Digital Agency is also considering domestic use in a program designed to ease COVID-related restrictions on vaccinated people. However, errors have been found in about 100,000 cases in the VRS system as of Friday, and the agency has warned that some registered vaccination data may be incorrect and called on users to seek any necessary corrections at their municipalities. According to Yomiuri, as of 8:30 p.m. on Monday, about 500,000 people have obtained the digital certificate.

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