Residents can enter a few personal information – name, date of birth, and email or phone number – and get a link to a QR code and a digital copy of their COVID-19 vaccination record from the hospital’s vaccination record. ‘State.
“After having created a 4-digit PIN code, the user receives a link to his vaccination record which will open when the PIN code is re-entered”, according to a press release from the CDPH.
The digital portal serves as an alternative or supplement to the CDC’s paper vaccination cards typically received at a vaccination appointment, the CDPH said.
“If you want to share your proof of vaccination, you can use either the electronic version that you get on the portal or the card that was given to you at the time of vaccination,” says the portal’s web page.
The Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record “is a convenient option for Californians who have received a COVID-19 vaccine to access their record from state immunization registry systems,” the CRPD said.
The State maintains on the portal’s FAQ page that it is not a vaccination passport.
While the state’s reopening on June 15 removed security restrictions in place under the color-coded tier system and allows vaccinated Californians to dispense with masks in a number of situations, unvaccinated people are still required to wear masks.
Businesses and public places are required to enforce these mask rules for unvaccinated people, but can make their own decisions about how to check vaccination status.
According to Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, there are three options for business owners and event venue operators.
- Businesses and places can publicly post mask-wearing rules and allow visitors to self-certify that they are vaccinated.
- Companies can implement a vaccine verification system to determine if individuals are required to wear a mask.
- Businesses can simply require all customers to wear a mask.
The digital portal provides vaccinated people with an option of digitally saving their paper immunization card, if they enter a business that has a vaccine verification system in place.
“While the CDPH recommends that vaccinated Californians keep their CDC paper card in a safe and secure place, we recognize that some people may prefer an electronic version,” said Dr. Erica Pan, California State Epidemiologist. “And if one of the state’s nearly 20 million vaccinated Californians misplaces their paper card, the Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record provides a practical safeguard. “
Portal information will remain private, “sent only to the cell phone or email associated with your immunization record,” according to the portal’s FAQs. “Only you can decide how and if you want to share your file with others. “
The information will also not be saved in the QR code, according to the SMART Health Card Framework.
“California’s digital COVID-19 vaccine registry follows national standards for security and privacy,” the CRPD statement read.
“The file contains the same information as the CDC’s paper vaccination card: name, date of birth, date of vaccination and manufacturer of the vaccine. It also includes a QR code that makes those same details readable by a QR scanner. “
People are “encouraged” to take a screenshot of the recording that appears and save the screenshot to their camera roll. They can also enter their information into the digital tool multiple times, if they don’t record or capture their digital recording the first time.
The new Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record tool is available here.