Digital vaccine verification cards became available in California and other states in 2021. Rather than an official, paper copy of vaccination, the digital option for verification is easier for a person to carry with them at all times and keep safe. In California Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record website from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is simple to navigate and the mobile version of the page is easy to use. Once a user inputs basic information a QR code containing a digital COVID vaccine record is sent via text or email.
Physical verification cards remain important documents. These are the paper cards distributed to individuals at COVID-19 vaccination sites and confirm the date of doses (including booster shots), vaccine type, and medical information for the individual. Having the digital form of vaccine verification is not a requirement. As the CDHP states on their FAQs page:
“You may also continue to use your CDC card as proof of vaccination in addition to other possible options such as a digital or physical proof of vaccination from your provider/pharmacy.”
Whatever format a vaccination record is stored in, it is important to keep COVID-19 vaccination, and all health information, safe and accessible. Blue Shield of California encourages our vaccinated California members to take advantage of this fast, convenient option from the CDHP.