Washington state has started offering residents a digital record of their coronavirus vaccinations that can be used to access businesses and other places where proof of vaccination is required.
The Washington State Department of Health said the state will use the online WA Verify tool to generate digital vaccination cards and a QR code that can be scanned to show a person is fully vaccinated, KING-TV reported.
King County, home of Seattle, has been requiring proof of vaccination for indoor dining and events and large outdoor gatherings since October. Washington state requested a vaccination certificate or negative COVID-19 test for large gatherings on Nov. 15. Other cities and companies in the state have their own vaccination regulations.
To receive the digital record and QR code, people enter their name, date of birth and an email address or phone number associated with their vaccination card on the WA Verify website.
The state matches the information with the vaccine records in its vaccination database and sends a link via email or SMS to access the digital record and QR code.
The data set contains the same information as a paper vaccination card issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – name, date of birth, vaccination dates and vaccine types. California has a similar system in place, and Oregon officials are working on one.
The digital IDs are optional and people can still present their original vaccination card or a photo of it and access their vaccination cards digitally on MyIR Mobile.
“We ask that you respect the room rules and prepare in advance to provide the type of vaccination certificate requested,” said Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Minister of Health, in a press release.