I just registered for my vaccine verification so I have a digital record (QR Code) to show proof of my double Moderna vaccinations. Even though I carry copies of my COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card with me, having an official record through the State of California is reassuring – especially because businesses, airlines and other venues may require proof in the near future.
Yesterday, California launched a digital verification tool that’s free and easy to use. Go to myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov to fill out the form. All you need to enter is your name, date of birth and cell phone or email address used when scheduling your immunization. Then select a 4-digit PIN and you’re all set.
You’ll get your QR code that you can copy to keep on your phone. When venues scan your code, they can see your information but cannot copy or store it. Your QR code can’t be misused to create counterfeit records because it has a digital signature from the organization that issued your shots.
The link to your QR code is good for 24 hours so you’ll want to make a copy of that on your phone. Once you have the QR code, it’s good forever.
As with all new programs, they’re still working out the bugs. You may receive a text stating that they can’t find a match in their system. You’ll be directed to complete the Troubleshooting Form
Just enter your name, date of birth, cell phone and email address. They’ll update your record and email you when the process is complete. This may take 2-3 weeks. You can also call 833-422-4255 with questions.
I like the idea of verifying that people really have been immunized now that everything is opening up. I think it will give us all more confidence in going to populous places – especially since some people claim to have been vaccinated when they aren’t.