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TCI LAUNCHES VACCINE CERTIFICATE

UK Territories 29 Jun, 2021 Follow News

Turks and Caicos Minister of Health and Human Services, E. Jay Saunders

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.”


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