The move comes as the number of COVID-19 cases rises and more residents are getting vaccinated, in line with mandatory masking and proof of vaccination policies announced by Premier Scott Moe on Thursday. The new documents, available to people with MySaskHealthRecord accounts, will replace the provincial COVID-19 vaccination records launched in August.
The digital QR code can be downloaded, saved, printed and viewed on mobile devices. And the certificate can be used for international travel.
New improved record
“This is the next improved version of Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 vaccination record,” Health Minister Paul Merriman said in a statement on Monday. “It’s something that travelers, businesses and organizations have been asking for. “
The certificates are aligned with work undertaken by the federal government to develop a national solution.
“I encourage anyone eligible for vaccination in Saskatchewan to get vaccinated and obtain their COVID-19 vaccine certificate from MySaskHealthRecord,” Merriman said.
By the end of the month, businesses or organizations requiring proof of vaccination will have the option to download and use a free QR code verification app. Citizens will also be able to get the Saskatchewan Vaccine Wallet app from Google Play or Apple App stores.
Wallet cards with vaccine details will also be acceptable. The new certificate contains the vaccination information embedded in the QR code, which can be read when scanned with the SK Vax Verifier app.
It will either show a green indicator to verify that the person is fully vaccinated, or a red indicator to show that they are not. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their second dose of a Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca / COVISHIELD vaccine, or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The certificates include the name of the person, the type of vaccine administered, the date, the country of issue and the lot number. The information is secure and is not displayed or saved during the scanning process, according to the statement.