Vaccine certificates free of charge — DICT

Published November 15, 2021, 1:35 PM

by Gabriela Baron

An official of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) reiterated on Monday, Nov. 15, that vaccine certificates are free of charge.


In a Laging Handa briefing, DICT Undersecretary Emmanuel Rey. R Caintic warned against fixers who are asking charges for vaccine certificates and called on the public to report them.

“Libre po ang vaccine certificates. Wala tayong hinihinging kabayaran para dito. Libre ang bakuna, dapat lang libre ang vaccine certificates (Vaccine certificates are free of charge. The vaccines are free, so vaccine certificates must also be free),” Caintic said.

He added that there is no Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) resolution yet for schools to require vaccine certificates for enrollment.

The DICT official also urged local government units (LGU) to assign more data encoders to upload vaccination records of their constituents.

“Mayors, allocate more encoders and prioritize the backlogs. Because if the backlog is large, for example, 30 percent of your data has not been yet encoded, there’s also a 30 percent chance that your constituents will not get their data,” Caintic said in Filipino.

Caintic said they are encouraging volunteers to help LGU in encoding data.

“Sa susunod na mga araw, magpo-post kami ng sign up sheet for data encoders para pwede nating italaga sa mga LGU, lalong-lalo na sa mahalagang activity sa Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 na tinatawag nating three-day vaccination day (In the next few days, we will post a sign up sheet for data encoders so that we can assign them to LGUs, especially in the important activity on Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, which we call the three-day vaccination day),” he added.

Almost 50,000 data encoders are needed for the three-day national vaccination event.