COVID-19 vaccination proof: How to keep your vaccine card on your phone

COVID-19 vaccination proof: How to keep your vaccine card on your phone

As the highly contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus continues to surge through the US, more and more businesses across the country — restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, hotels and public venues — are requiring proof of vaccination for entry.

And if you’re traveling after the holidays, carrying easily available proof of your fully vaccinated status is more important than ever. You don’t have to keep the printed version of your vaccine card in your wallet or purse, though. To avoid damaging or losing your vaccine card, we recommend storing it in your phone or using an official state phone app to record your proof of COVID vaccination.

Not sure how? We’ll show you ways you can store your vaccine card digitally — including the methods to use if you have an Android or iPhone — and help you find out whether or not your state has a specific app.

Which states are using vaccination record apps?

While some governors have signed orders banning so-called “vaccine passports,” many states have apps that allow residents to keep digital versions of their vaccine cards on their smartphones. Twelve states, including California, Colorado, Hawaii, New York and Louisiana, offer SMART Health Cards that store vaccination records and COVID-19 test results.

Colorado residents, for example, can download the myColorado app: After you create an account, verify your identity and add a digital version of your driver’s license to your phone, you can then add your myVaccine record to the app. Louisiana’s LA Wallet app takes a similar approach, allowing you to add your driver’s license and proof of vaccination to your phone.

California requires residents to fill out a form to verify their identity, after which they’ll receive a text or email with a link to a QR code that can be saved to their phone. When scanned, the code will offer proof of vaccination. The link will also include a digital copy of your vaccination record.

Illinois residents can use VaxVerify, which uses Experian for identity verification.

MyIR Mobile is used by several health departments, including Arizona, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Dakota, Washington state, West Virginia and Washington, DC. Both Washington state and Washington, DC, recently added the ability for residents to self-report positive results for at-home COVID test kits.

Delaware, New Mexico and Michigan are also using web portals to let residents access their vaccination status online.

New Yorkers have two app options: The Excelsior Pass app and NYC Covid Safe.

We’ll continue to update this feature as more states offer apps and features to store your COVID-19 vaccine card online. And keep in mind if you get a booster dose, you’ll need to re-upload your vaccine card…Read more>>



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