Thailand’s New Digital Health Passport: A Step Towards Combating COVID-19
Emergence of a New Digital Health Passport
In an effort to streamline the verification process of COVID-19 vaccination status and test results, the Digital Government Development Agency (DGA) in Thailand, in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health, has developed a new digital health passport service. This service, which is set to launch on September 27, 2021, signifies a significant development in Thailand’s COVID-19 control measures.
Features of the Digital Health Passport
This digital health passport is designed to operate on a cloud-based system, making it capable of supporting large-scale use. It will be integrated with the Mor Prom application, a vaccination registration platform in Thailand. Leveraging blockchain technology, the digital health passport ensures the privacy and security of personal information.
Implications for COVID-19 Control Measures
This digital health passport is expected to enhance the efficiency of COVID-19 control measures in Thailand. It will allow for more accurate monitoring and tracking of the virus, as well as expedite the process of checking vaccination status or test results at various checkpoints. This will, in turn, facilitate the faster reopening of the country.
Integration with International Standards
Plans are underway by the Thai government to integrate this new digital health passport system with international standards. This move will not only simplify travel abroad for Thai citizens who have been vaccinated or tested for COVID-19 but also ease the entry of foreign tourists into Thailand. This is particularly important because it supports the recovery of the country’s tourism industry, which has been significantly impacted by the pandemic.
A Step Towards Digital Transformation in Health Services
The DGA, in its commitment to support the government’s policy to promote the use of digital technology in public health services, views this digital health passport as a significant development. The agency plans to develop more digital services in the future to further enhance the country’s public health system.
Significance of the Digital Health Passport
The introduction of the digital health passport in Thailand is a crucial step towards managing the COVID-19 pandemic. By facilitating the verification of vaccination status and COVID-19 test results, it not only paves the way for the reopening of the country but also supports the recovery of Thailand’s tourism industry. Additionally, by aligning with international standards, it simplifies travel for vaccinated or tested Thai citizens and eases entry for foreign tourists, further strengthening the country’s economic recovery efforts.
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