St Lucia to roll out digital vaccine passport

Prime Minister of St Lucia, Allen Chastanet

Prime Minister of St Lucia, Allen Chastanet, says the country will implement a digital vaccine passport to keep a record of citizens who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Chastanet made the announcement while speaking at a press conference on Wednesday (March 17). 

According to Chastanet, while a paper record is currently available, the country is moving towards a digital application that can be presented upon request. 

“The Government Modernisation Unit has already been working with the Ministry of Health for the last three weeks on creating an electronic version so we started off with as you know, a manual implementation of the rollout of the vaccination programme,” he said said.

“I’m hoping that by next week, the electronic version will be done so we will manually update the database, and it will create an electronic file for you that you’ll access online but certainly you can also put it into your iPhone or when you’re travelling that will give you an electronic record of your vaccination,” Chastanet added.

The United States, Canada and Denmark are already exploring the possibility of introducing vaccine passports, with several airline companies touting the passports as a way to revive the industry that is among one of the hardest hit by the pandemic.