SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — As of Friday, the California Department of Public Health says more than 22.7 million residents have had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Now, they’re giving those people a new, digital way to prove it.
State epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan described it as “a new and optional tool for Californians who received COVID-19 vaccination to access their records from the state’s immunization registry system.”
It’s an option for people who do not want to carry around a vaccination card that might get lose or misplaced.
“While CDPH recommends vaccinated Californians keep their paper cards in a safe and secure place, we recognize that some people might prefer an electronic version,” Pan said.
In order to get the digital copy, people will need to fill out this form with their information.
“It also comes with a QR code, which makes these details readable by a QR scanner,” said Amy Tong of the California Department of Technology.
All the information that would normally be on the physical vaccine card will be included in that code. Anyone with a code reader that scans the code will be able to see that information, confirming vaccination status.
And with counterfeit cards on the rise, the state said they have ensured a way to prevent that.
“We are digitally signing that QR code, which can then be proved to be authentic as a record that exists in the California immunization registry,” said chief technology innovation officer Rick Klau.
Any of the information that’s been accessed by a code reader will also be protected.
“[The device] allowed to see the information in the card, but is prevented from storing that information,” Klau explained.
The state said they are also anticipating people to run into issues while trying to access their digital copy and urge everyone to stay patient.
“We will learn as we go, and that’s the purpose of both the call center and the virtual assistant launching today,” Klau said.
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