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Contact tracing app updated to confirm vaccination status

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A man scans the ‘Stop Covid’ QR Code on a vaccination card. Hong Menea

Contact tracing app updated to confirm vaccination status

The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications has launched an update to the location-based QR-code scanning programme already in place for contact tracing called the “Stop Covid QR Vaccine System” effective from October 18 onward to facilitate access to information on Covid-19 vaccinations.

Individuals who have been vaccinated and have received vaccination cards can follow a link within the Stop Covid QR-code scanning mobile app to register their vaccinated status provided that the phone they are using has the same mobile number as the one they provided when they were vaccinated.

After registering, anyone who scans a location’s QR-code at its entrance will have their vaccination status indicated in the mobile app with the colour blue. Blue means they are fully vaccinated and eligible for entry and this can be shown to the location’s staff.

Those whose vaccinations have not been registered but who aren’t otherwise known to have been in contact with any Covid-19 infected persons will show as green. Those showing green may not be eligible for entry until they are vaccinated or register their vaccination within the app.

Yellow indicates that the person was in contact with a Covid-19 infected person directly or indirectly during the last 14 days and has not yet completed their obligatory quarantine.

Red indicates that the person is at high-risk of having been infected with Covid-19 and should seek testing and self-quarantine.

The ministry’s press release states that the linking of the location-based QR-code system to the vaccination database would assist with all aspects of Covid-19 management and encourage wider use of the contact tracing app.

The ministry further stated that the app system would allow individuals to leave their vaccination cards at home and avoid damage or loss to them while also reducing the risk of anyone fraudulently claiming to be vaccinated because the app can display vaccination status along with identifying information and photos of the person.

“The ministry strongly hopes that the public will use the system to ensure public health and safety during the global pandemic. It will promote open and easy travel while adapting to the new normal and contribute to the resumption of normal activity across all sectors,” the notice said.

It said the implementation of the national vaccination policy against Covid-19 throughout the country has generated good results and this was one more step towards preparing the public for living with an endemic Covid-19 virus.

“Confirmation of vaccination against Covid-19 at entries and exits can ensure the safety of that location, prevent transmissions and reduce the burdens on the government’s Covid-19 treatment and healthcare resources,” the notice said.

The ministry called on location owners to register with the system as soon as possible through the website https://stopcovid.gov.kh and they urged all location owners to require customers to scan their QR-code upon entry to find out that person’s Covid-19 vaccination status and thus whether they should permit their entry.

The ministry requests that location owners assign a permanent staff member to greet customers entering the location and ensure that they scan the location’s QR-code and show the staff member the “blue” status result to enter.

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