Taipei, July 13 (CNA) Taiwan will begin offering a new format of its digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate on Thursday, which can be used in countries including the United States, Canada, Japan and Australia, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday.
The new format follows the SMART health card framework launched by the Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI), which Taiwan joined on May 20, CECC official Pang Yi-ming (龐一鳴) said at a press briefing. .
According to the VCI website, SMART health cards are issued by the governments of 24 US states and territories, Canada, Japan, and Sydney, Australia, among others.
The Taiwan-issued version of the SMART health card will have a QR code, along with information on all COVID-19 vaccines received by the cardholder in Taiwan, Pang said.
The current certificate format, which follows the European Union’s COVID digital certificate system, only displays the most recent vaccine received by an individual, Pang said.
The government COVID-19 Digital Certificate Website will be closed from 6 p.m. Wednesday and reopen Thursday at 8 a.m., when both vaccination certificate formats are available, according to Pang. People can request and hold both versions.
Digital certificates can be saved directly to a phone or computer, printed or sent to the certificate holder’s email address.
As countries have adopted different border restrictions and vaccination certificates, Pang noted that travelers should find out about the relevant requirements before embarking on their trip.