The International Certificate of Vaccination (ICVP), introduced in in the early 1930's, is and will remain the main form of, internationally recognized, proof (certification) of which vaccinations a person has recieved
Therefore, in situations where proof of vaccination is required, such as for entry from Switzerland to Italy, a International Certificate of Vaccination is sufficient.
This assumes that the person checking the certificate knows what to look for and what is considered to be valid.
In the present situation, where waiters are required to check these certificates, this poses a problem.
For this reason a QR-Code based digital solution has been developed.
But this solution does not replace the International Certificate of Vaccination, it only simplifies the process.
In the end, it is up to the traveler to insure has a needed documentation and that it is valid.
ICVP - Required components
The main portion of the ICVP is a form for physicians to fill out when administering a vaccine. This section is mandated by the WHO's 2005 International Health Regulations, in which they provide a model of the document. It includes places for the traveller's name, date of birth, sex, nationality, national identification document, and signature. Below that is a row for each vaccine administered, in which the physician must include the prophylaxis or vaccine administered, date, signature, manufacturer and batch number, dates valid, and an official stamp from the administering centre.
Below this, the document outlines requirements for validity. The ICVP is only valid for vaccines approved by the WHO. The form must be fully completed in English or French by a medical practitioner or authorized health worker and must include the official stamp of the administering centre. The certificate is valid for as long as the vaccines included are valid.
This ICVP may possibly be considered to be invalid:
- due to the missing official stamp of the administering centre