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COVID-19 vaccine certificate available starting Thursday as gov't reviews easing measures for the inoculated Updated: 2021-04-15 10:03:37 KST

Recipients of the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine will soon be able to access a certificate confirming that he or she has received a dose.
The certification can be obtained using a mobile application with the release coming as early as Thursday.
Information included is vaccine type, lot number, dates of administration, and facility information.
Personal information such as the individual's name, date of birth, and nationality are optional.
Currently proof of vaccination has to be printed or presented as a downloaded file from a government website.
This new version, created with help from South Korean company, Blockchain Labs has been developed using blockchain technology, meaning its virtually impossible to commit forgery or have personal information leaked.
The health authorities are hoping this could ramp up the vaccination process as more will want to be inoculated.
The authorities are also in discussions over easing or even exempting certain social distancing measures for the vaccinated.
On the other hand, there are some concerns by experts in the field.

"The vaccine's effectiveness is not at 100 percent right now and it's vulnerable to virus mutations. It would be too early to ease measures for those as there's no way to stop the spread."

In addition, there are some that are excluded from the vaccination list such as pregnant women and children.

"There are people who can't be vaccinated for different reasons and this could be seen as discrimination against them."

The vaccine passport is not the one that has been mentioned in the international community as this is only for domestic use.
The authorities said that for it to be used globally, there would need to be discussion with other nations.
Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News.
Reporter : tkim@arirang.com
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