Oregon launched a $2.45 million easy-to-use app this week that works as a digital COVID-19 vaccine passport, nearly a month later than previously promised and after pandemic restrictions have been lifted.
“The My Electronic Vaccine Card provides an equitable and accessible means for all individuals to maintain their important health records, while also providing a convenience factor that means residents don’t ever have to worry about not having or losing their cards if they need to use it,” said Oregon Health Authority (OHA) spokesperson Rudy Owens.
OHA’s app also provides vaccinated people in Oregon with another option—a digital QR code accessible by cell phone that, when scanned by a business, shows an individual’s name, date of birth, when they got vaccinated and which COVID-19 vaccine they received. The tool does not work for people who were vaccinated outside of Oregon.
To get the QR code, a person has to go to myelectronicvaccinecard.oregon.gov, provide their name, date of birth and the email or phone number they gave when getting vaccinated. Once OHA verifies the person is in their statewide vaccination records, the agency sends them a link with the QR code, which can then be stored on their phone as a photo, in a digital wallet or as a PDF file or printed out on paper.