The Washington State Department of Health (DoH) has launched WA Verify, the state’s new Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record system to help residents prove vaccination status when required.
In a press release, the DoH said vaccine verification options now include a Digital COVID-19 Verification Record from WAVerify.org, which includes a QR code that can be scanned by a SMART Health Card reader, or a certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination from MyIR Mobile.
The new options join other ways people can provide proof of vaccination status in the state, including an original, copy, or photo of their CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, or a verified electronic medical record printout from your medical provider. The DoH did note that depending on the establishment, some places may only accept one specific type of vaccine verification, so residents should check ahead of time.
“More businesses, events, and employers are requiring people to be vaccinated. We ask that you respect the rules of the room and be prepared in advance to show the type of vaccination proof requested,” said Secretary of Health Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH. “If you have plans to go to an event or want to grab dinner with a friend, please do not wait until the last minute to verify your vaccination status – prepare ahead of time by taking those steps today.”
To stand up the QR code functionality, DoH’s Office of Innovation and Technology worked closely with the state of California and industry partners.
To use WA Verify, which draws COVID-19 records from the state’s immunization system, 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. WA Verify currently supports more than 30 languages, with additional languages available soon.