According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) from 11 July 2016 the certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is valid for the life of the person vaccinated. This lifetime validity applies automatically to all existing and new certificates, beginning 10 days after the date of vaccination. So the question is why is Nigeria now changing the old Yellow card to a new one which they supposedly called the eYellow Card. Will the new card have micro chip or is it because of the barcode that is in front which we can see from the image.
I am worried because how many borders in Africa, if you are traveling by road will have the barcode reader? Will this new card be recognised by other countries? or it is just Nigeria alone?
The following instructional cards were posted online this week and I went on to test the website.
TESTING THE WEBSITE
So I gave the YellowCardNigeria.com a try. I logged in my yellow fever card and it brought up data that were not mine.
The data produced does not say much. I got the result that my card is Valid but for how long I do not know.
WHY YELLOW FEVER VACCINES
Yellow fever vaccination is carried out for two different purposes:
1. To prevent the international spread of the disease by protecting countries from the risk of importing or spreading the yellow fever virus.
These are requirements established by the country.
(The countries that require proof of vaccination are those where the disease may or may not occur and where the mosquito vector and potential non-human primate hosts of yellow fever are present.)
NOTE: The fact that a country has no requirement for yellow fever vaccination does not imply that there is no risk of yellow fever transmission.
2. To protect individual travelers who may be exposed to yellow fever infection.
(The risk of yellow fever transmission depends on the presence of the virus in the country in humans, mosquitoes or animals.).
LIST OF COUNTRIES WITH RISK OF YELLOW FEVER TRANSMISSION
These countries also requires that you have the Yellow Fever Card which is the proof of taking the vaccine.
AFRICA - Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Uganda.
AMERICAS - Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela.
Click here for the full document from WHO
I will like to know your experience with checking out the website and will find a way of making enquiries on the validity period for old card with the need to change it.