California Creates Online COVID-19 Vaccine Verification System

California is launching a new way for people to track their immunization status online.

The state calls it a “digital COVID-19 vaccine record.” People can register, if they wish, by logging in You will enter your name, date of birth, email, phone number and create a 4-digit PIN code.

Then you will receive a digital version of your vaccination record containing the same information as the CDC card you already have. You will also have a QR code which can be scanned if you need to prove vaccination to enter a place, business or country that requires it.

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It’s not an app, just a QR code that you can extract as needed.

“Although 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,” California epidemiologist Erica Pan said in a press release. “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. “

In the announcement Friday, California health officials avoided using the words “vaccine passport.”

“It’s no different than someone’s immunization card,” said Dr Pan.

“It’s basically taking a physical map and scanning it,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said during the tech showcase. “It’s like a driver’s license. If you lose your driver’s license, what do you do? It allows you to have something in your digital wallet.”
The standard paper cards distributed with the vaccines were found to be easily falsified.

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Electronic vaccination verification has been a controversial issue, with some critics fearing a mandatory “vaccination passport” that would violate privacy rights.

“It’s not a requirement. It’s just the option now to have an electronic version of this paper version,” Newsom said.

So far, only Hawaii and New York have implemented some form of vaccination passport.

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