Ministry of Health announces QR code verification program to prove vaccine status

The Washington State Department of Health announces that vaccine verification options now include QR code functionality through WA Verify, the state’s new digital COVID-19 vaccine registration system.

WA Verify is Washington’s new COVID-19 digital verification record system that extracts COVID-19 records from the state’s immunization system. To use the tool, people enter their name, date of birth, and an email or phone number associated with their vaccination record. If the information matches an official record, they will receive a text or email with a link to their digital COVID-19 vaccine record.

Currently, there are several forms of evidence that people can use to check their immunization status:

– Original, copy or photo of your CDC COVID-19 vaccination record

– Print the verified electronic medical record from your healthcare provider

– Your state immunization information system record, which may include:

A COVID-19 digital verification record from, which includes a QR code that can be scanned by a SMART health card reader, or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate from MyIR Mobile

“More and more businesses, events and employers are demanding that people be vaccinated. We ask that you follow the room rules and be prepared in advance to show the type of proof of vaccination requested, ”said Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Secretary of Health. “If you’re planning on attending an event or wanting to have dinner with a friend, don’t wait until the last minute to check your immunization status – prepare ahead by taking these steps today. ”

Realizing the overarching need for QR code functionality as a necessity for quick and easy vaccine verification, DOH’s Office of Innovation and Technology, working closely with partners from MITER, Microsoft and the State of California, created WA Verify.

WA Verify currently supports over 30 languages, with more languages ​​coming soon. For more information, visit the WA Verify Frequently Asked Questions page.

“I am delighted to see Washington State offering verifiable immunization records to its residents. It is inspiring that Washington has translated its system into over 30 languages ​​and shared this content publicly on GitHub for other states to take advantage of, ”said Josh Mendel, Chief Architect, Microsoft Healthcare and SMART Health IT. “When we created SMART Health Cards, we wanted to give individuals an open, secure and privacy-friendly tool to access their health records. Seeing SMART health cards applied to COVID-19 to help Washington communities reopen safely is a reminder of the power of interoperable technology. ”

Those who have questions or need help accessing their immunization records can call the state’s COVID-19 information line at 1-800-525-0127.

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