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Vaccine certificate.

Byline: A. Paul-Karachi

QUITE a few days have passed since I received my second dose of the Covid vaccine at the Expo Centre in Karachi, but my vaccination status has not been updated on the website of the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra). Is there a possible glitch/bug in Nadra's online Covid vaccination certificate download facility?

Gleaned from experiences of self and others, it appears that if you have paid and downloaded your certificate after receiving your first dose (i.e. partially vaccinated status), which by the way the Nadra system allows you to do, the vaccine status does not get updated after you receive your second dose.

It appears that modification after the certificate is issued when partially vaccinated is not possible. If this is actually the case, why does the system allow you to download your certificate when the status is partially vaccinated?

It should have restricted this facility and allowed download only when the status changed to 'fully vaccinated'.

The system should be fixed so that it allows automatic updates after the second dose. In addition, the user should be able to take out the certificate both when partially and fully vaccinated as it may be required for travel, employment, or other purposes.

The Nadra administration should have this issue looked into and fixed because it is creating inconvenience when there should be none. Nadra is adding to its own workload if this is not addressed, as the influx of people visiting Nadra centres in person to get this issue fixed will increase with time.


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Author:A. Paul-Karachi
Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Aug 21, 2021
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