JKJAV: No Such Thing As Physical Vaccine Badge

The Special Committee for Ensuring Access to COVID-19 Vaccine Supply's (JKJAV) statement comes amidst a viral clip from March of Dr Adham Baba saying that fully vaccinated people will be issued a COVID-19 vaccine badge.

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On Friday, 23 July, the official Twitter handle of the Special Committee for Ensuring Access to COVID-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) released a brief statement about vaccine certificate for the fully vaccinated

The tweet, posted around 2.30pm, stated that "there is no physical vaccination certificate".

In the tweet, JKJAV also clarified that only the digital certificate available on the MySejahtera app and the vaccine card that a recipient gets at vaccine administration centres (PPVs) acts as proof.

"You will also be able to print your digital certificate soon," the brief statement by JKJAV read.

The same was also stressed by the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) Minister-in-Charge Khairy Jamaluddin yesterday.

During a press conference with Health Minister Dato' Sri Dr Adham Baba, Khairy said that they have not issued any vaccine badge.

"There are no physical cards issued, only the digital certificates issued by the government in MySejahtera. Also, the vaccination cards that are given at the PPVs are allowed to be used. Nothing else," he said.

Meanwhile, Dr Adham Baba stated that while cards were not recognised by the government and would not be accepted as proof of having completed the vaccinations, the government will issue the MY COVID-19 Vaccination Badge in the form of a printed card soon as proof that an individual has been fully inoculated.

"Only the digital certificate in the MySejahtera application is recognised by the government. For now, we are waiting for Cabinet approval to issue the MY Covid-19 Vaccination Badge," Dr Adham said.

The clarifications come amidst a clip from March of Dr Adham Baba saying that fully vaccinated people will be issued a vaccine badge

The clip, originally from a joint press conference on 17 March, was posted by a netizen on 22 July. It has since gone viral with over 950,000 views and more than 8,000 retweets at the time of the writing.

During the announcement at the time, Dr Adham Baba was seen promoting what appears to be a sample of how the vaccine badge would look with one side containing a QR code for authentication.

"The badge, which has the bearer's personal details such as their name and MyKad, certifies that he or she is vaccinated," Dr Adham Baba was reported as saying by New Straits Times.

"It has a security code, so it can't be duplicated and would be distributed by the millions for future use," he said, adding that a vaccine certificate will also be released on the MySejahtera app.

The four-month-old clip went viral after people figured out that the QR code in the sample badge is linked to a nine-year-old SoundCloud clip:

Meanwhile, Khairy has directed all PPVs to allow people to film themselves when receiving their vaccination for hard proof: