The Department of Health has launched its Covid-19 vaccine certificate portal, which will give users a QR code that shows their vaccination status.

The certificate is only available to people fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Users are required to go to the portal at https://vaccine.certificate.health.gov.za/ and fill in their contact details, including their ID number and Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) code they received when they were vaccinated.

Users will be sent a one-time pin confirming the authenticity of the information they have provided. The pin can then be entered to access the final, digital Covid-19 vaccine certificate.

The department said that the QR code is not meant for general public use but will instead be used by specific entities that will use a specialised QR scanner.