The Department of Health says over 2.7 million COVID-19 digital vaccination certificates have been downloaded so far.

The digital certificates can only be downloaded by those that are fully vaccinated.

However, Department spokesperson Foster Mohale says they are concerned that some people are not returning for their second jab.

“As the Department of Health, we would like to call upon all people who are due for their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to go to the nearest vaccination site in order to get their vaccination journey. Meanwhile, over 2.7 million COVID-19 digital vaccination certificates have been downloaded.”

The system, which produces a digital copy of the physical vaccine card, is linked to the Health Department’s Electronic Vaccination Data System.

The move comes as the government begins to ease lockdown restrictions and allows more sectors of the economy to fully operate.

Earlier this month, President Ramaphosa told the nation that vaccinations will also go a long way towards getting a number of international travel restrictions from and into South Africa eased.

SA’s digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate explained:

SA’s COVID-19 statistics

A total of 331 new COVID-19 cases have been identified in South Africa in the past 24-hour cycle, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 920 109. This increase represents a 1.1% positivity rate. 

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has also reported a further 53 COVID-19 related deaths, bringing total fatalities to 88 987 to date.

 

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-Additional reporting by SABC News