California Launches Helping Residents Record Digital Vaccine Website, insists that this is not a passport

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Stickers for the clergy to wear after they receive the vaccine sit on a table at Hartford HealthCare St. Vincents Medical Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut on February 26, 2021.
Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP (Getty Images) – The new Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record portal will provide residents with the possibility of obtaining a digital version of their paper card when vaccinated.

A new California website offers the public an opportunity to access and share their vaccine evidence on their digital record of Covid 19. California is insisting that this sounds awfully similar to a vaccine passport, which is a contentious topic in some States.

Recently, the State has unveiled the Digital Vaccine Record portal COVID-19, which it describes as a “optional means” to gain information about Covid-19. According to the site, the digital version of the paper card is given to people receiving a vaccine from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials in California also claim that the digital record for vaccines also provides a convenient safeguard for people who lost or lost their physical card.

“While [the California Public Health Department] recommends that vaccinated Californians keep their card on paper safe and safe, some people might prefer an electronic version,” Erica Pan, a state epidemiologist, said in a Friday news release. ‘Under the Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record, when one of California’s nearly 20 million vaccinated people misplaces their paper card.’

The officials on the portal website said that California won’t implement a compulsory vaccine passport system. Neverything is to be done in certain situations, such as indoor events with a minimum of 5.000 people, to provide proof of vaccination or negative Covid-19 tests. Biden also said that a federal vaccination database or vaccine authorisation mandate would not be created.

It seems quite straightforward to use the portal. People enter their vaccine record name, date of birth and e-mail or telephone number. The system then calls for the creation of a four digit pin. If the information provided corresponds to what the state holds, a person receives a text or an email with a link to his or her record and is given the pin. The pin is intended to protect individual privacy, explains the website and sends the vaccine record link to a specific record only by telephone or email number.

The digital record for vaccines will contain the name, date of birth, date of vaccination and manufacturer of the person. Individuals will also be given a scannable QR code, which state officials say is genuine.

Once your digital vaccine record has been received, officials will advise you to take a screenshot and save it on your phone and save the QR code on the camera roll. You can also print and save a copy of the record in a safe place. Contrary to all odds, do not be afraid if you also lose your digital copy. You can repeat the process and get back to your portal record.

The COVID-19 Digital Vaccine Record portal in California is similar to the New York Excelsior Pass app that is connected to the state vaccine database, allowing residents to show whether the virus has been or has been tested negative.