TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan will issue online COVID-19 vaccination certificates from December, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Sunday.
The government plans to issue the certificates – which will be intended for overseas travel rather than domestic use – via a QR scan code through a smartphone app from around mid-December, the Nikkei said, without citing sources.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and other cabinet members are slated on Monday for a council meeting on the promotion of a digital society where they will decide on the government’s policy for digital vaccine passports, the report said.
The Nikkei said the project will be a priority for Japan’s new Digital Agency, which launched this week to focus on bringing central and local government infrastructure online.
(Reporting by Daniel Leussink; Editing by Tom Hogue)