CA implements digital system to access vaccination information

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The California Department of Public Health announced the Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record, which has a tool that allows people to access their vaccination information with a four-digit PIN, as well as a scannable QR code. (Pixabay License: No Attribution Required.)

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Days after the state reopened, the California Department of Public Health, or CDPH, announced Friday the Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record, an online tool to help residents view and save records of their vaccination.

Launched in partnership with the California Department of Technology, the vaccine record tool allows people to access their vaccination information with a four-digit PIN, according to a CDPH press release. Users can also access a QR code through the site that can be read by scanners.

“We achieved our goal to quickly produce an intuitive portal that offers Californians another way, and an easier way, to access their own COVID-19 immunization history,” said Amy Tong, state chief information officer, in the press release.

Under current state guidelines, employers and businesses may ask people for verification of their vaccination status, which can be accessed through the portal. According to the CDPH website, the online tool is optional and should not be considered a vaccine passport.

People can make a digital record of their vaccine card at, and personal information will remain private and only accessible to the phone or email associated with the immunization record, the website adds.

The portal utilizes the SMART Health Card framework, which is also used by UC Health and other public and private organizations, the press release adds.

“If one of the state’s nearly 20 million vaccinated Californians misplaces their paper card, the Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record provides a convenient backup,” said state epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan in the press release.

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