According to Driwale, the vaccination certificate will be country's official COVID-19 vaccination document. "We have all the records of all persons that have been vaccinated in our data base. The verified certificate that we shall be issuing will have security features that will stop people from forging it, “he said.
The Ministry of Health Issued Vaccination Certificate
the forgery of COVID-19 vaccination cards and the use of fake vaccines, the
Health Ministry has launched an online portal through, which those vaccinated can
check their status and get certificates.
To find out one’s vaccination status, people
who have been fully vaccinated need to enter in the details of their
identification number and the last six digits of the mobile phone number they used
the identification number, vaccinated persons can enter in their national
identification number (NIN) or passport numbers. Dr. Alfred Driwale, the
Programme Manager of the Uganda National Expanded Programme on Immunization-UNEPI,
says that the system is instant, adding that applicants should be able to get a
PDF copy of their verified results within seconds.
According to Driwale, the vaccination
certificate will be country's official COVID-19 vaccination document. "We
have all the records of all persons that have been vaccinated in our data base.
The verified certificate that we shall be issuing will have security features
that will stop people from forging it, “he said.
Currently upon vaccination, one receives a card
from the Health Ministry bearing their particulars such as name, occupation, name
of the vaccine used and when the second dose should be administered.
the online certificate will carry some of the details on the cards being
issued, the Health Ministry's Senior Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel
Ainebyoona, says the certificates will also have a QR code that can be scanned
to verify the authenticity of the card.
The certificate also shows where
vaccination occurred, certificate number, card number and is signed by the
director general of health services. Our reporter went to the ministry of health
portal, https://epivac.health.go.ug/certificates/#/ and entered in her details
and within three minutes, the system had sent a verified COVID-19
Dr. Driwale says the card will be
internationally accepted. "The certificate was worked on with knowledge of
the World Health Organization, NITA and even security agencies. It is an
authentic document that will help solve the issue of fake cake cards," he
The certificates come at a time when over 1.1
million people have received at least one shot of the vaccine. Of this number,
over 230,000 have gotten two jabs of the vaccine making them fully
vaccinated and eligible for the certificate.