Fiji government to roll out vax pass


Only fully vaccinated Fijians will be able to travel, go to restaurants and attend large gatherings, says Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

He also said to protect against fraud, individual biometrics information would be captured to form the basis of identity authentication.

While delivering the 2021-2022 National Budget last Friday, the A-G said Government was developing secure vaccine passports which were essentially digital vaccination certificates as part of the initiative, to be used domestically and internationally.

“You can prove that you have been vaccinated and recent COVID-19 test results will also be shown on that,” he said.

“This digital tool will be available in two forms; a personalised “digital wallet” whereby Fijians can have their vaccination and COVID-19 test information right on their smartphones or paper printed with readable parts such as barcodes or QR codes.

“The vaccination and COVID-19 test results will be linked to a confirmed identity, making it very hard to cheat the system.

“Other countries need to trust our system and the reported progress of our vaccination program to allow for seamless cross-border verification and authentication during travel.

“We are working to make our vaccine passports compliant with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) of the European Union.

“That means that fully-vaccinated visitors can have a holiday in Fiji without going into quarantine, that can also mean fully-vaccinated Fijians being able to travel abroad without entering into quarantine, and that means we can pave the way towards opening restaurants and large gatherings in Fiji only to fully-vaccinated people.” said Sayed-Khaiyum.