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Covid vaccine certificates available from health department

Kim Wilson, Minister of Health (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Residents needing a copy of their Covid-19 vaccination certificate can request it from the Department of Health.

The Ministry of Health issued an advisory saying that the certificates are available via the department’s programme on immunisation via e-mail on immunizationrequest@gov.bm

Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, said: “If you already have a valid Covid-19 vaccination certificate that shows you are fully immunised [two doses], there is no need to get a new certificate.

“However, only if a person has just one dose, they would need to have a new certificate printed once they have their second dose.”

A spokeswoman for the ministry advised that residents should keep a copy of their vaccine certificates with their passports and should keep a copy of their vaccine cards in their wallets along with their identification.

The spokeswoman said: “Before travelling, residents should check with the airlines and destination countries to determine the vaccination certificate requirements by going to the IATA website: www.iatatravelcentre.com/world.php. If transiting the US, you must still show that you are fully vaccinated.

“When e-mailing immunizationrequest@gov.bm, you will receive an automatic e-mail return to complete an Authority to Release Medical Information Form and provide a contact phone number. A photo ID of the client(s) or parent/guardian will be required to pick up or send certificates.

“Residents can request an updated Covid-19 vaccination certificate if they have had a booster that does not appear on their certificate.

“The turnaround time for filling certificate requests is approximately one week. However, the Department of Health will expedite requests for emergency health travel.”