The Turks and Caicos Islands has launched its own COVID-19 Vaccination E-Certificate, which will replace the current COVID-19 vaccination card.
The Ministry of Health says with immediate effect residents who have been vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will start receiving notifications (by SMS or email) of the availability of their COVID-19 vaccination e-certificate.
The E-Certificate, which can be downloaded to a smartphone or tablet, contains a QR code that can be used by 3rd parties to independently verify its authenticity.
Turks and Caicos Minister of Health and Human Services, E. Jay Saunders said the new COVID-19 vaccination e-certificate is the first phase of a wider scheme.
“In Phase Two which we are currently working on, inbound passengers to the Turks & Caicos Islands will be able to automatically upload their vaccination information to the TCI Assured Portal with just one click of a button.”
He also said that over the next year the government will roll out a national ID smart card.
Meanwhile, Mr Saunders is urging residents to get vaccinated in preparation for what the government expects to be a boom in cruise ship arrivals to the territory.
Health Minister Saunders, who is also the Deputy Premier, says specific protocols are being put in place in anticipation of a phased reopening of the cruise sector by 2022.
Speaking in the House of Assembly he stated: “The reason why I am pushing the capital Grand Turk to do it as quickly as possible is because to my amazement, people want to go on cruises. I thought the cruise industry would have been the last thing to come back around the world, but there’s a pent-up demand for passengers to get on cruises.”