The state of California has launched a tool designed to give residents easy access to a digital copy of their COVID-19 vaccine information. Unlike New York Excelsior Pass, is not an app that people should install on their phones. It’s a simple site where residents must enter their name, date of birth and the phone number or e-mail address they used when they received the vaccine. They will also create a PIN number 4, which they will need to remember in order to open the digital copy of their vaccine register.
In addition to a link to their information, users will also receive a QR code that makes their record readable with a QR scanner. They may use this to access establishments or events that require customers or participants to be vaccinated first. While digital records are useful to have, the California Department of Public Health “recommends vaccinated Californians keep their CDC card stock in a safe and secure place.” Their digital registry of COVID-19 vaccines is supposed to be a practical backup that they can take with them wherever they go.
The state government said the utility was built following “national standards for security and privacy,” since it will have access to people’s sensitive information. That said, it may not work perfectly at the moment. One of Engadget the California editors stopped and found that their information about the digital version of their record was wrong. The initiative may suffer from some rollout issues affecting the state’s database.
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