The federal government will phase out the old version of the yellow card from July 1, the Ministry of Health announced on Friday.
A statement signed by its director of media, Boade Akinola, said that the new e-Yellow card, which was introduced in August 2017, will become the only valid document proof of vaccination against Yellow Fever from that date.
It said the permanent secretary of the ministry, Abdulaziz Abdullahi, described the new card as an electronic version with enhanced security features verifiable anywhere in the world.
The statement said it can be done by scanning the bar code or checking the card number on the yellow card portal.
According to the statement “The introduction of the new e- Yellow card, otherwise known as International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP), is to address the issue of fake ‘yellow cards’ which has hitherto constituted a source of national embarrassment.”
It added that Abdullahi said the new e-card is expected to stop future extortion and issuance of fake Yellow Cards.