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California Reveals New System to Provide Digital COVID Vaccine Records

California Reveals New System to Provide Digital COVID Vaccine Records

Gov. Newsom assures everyone it is “not a passport, it’s not a requirement, it’s just the ability now to have an electronic version of that paper version…”

California has launched a COVID-19 vaccine verification system that provides digital replicas of the traditional wallet-size paper cards.

The state’s politicos say that the digital system will make it easier for residents to supply proof of immunization if needed.

…“We’re looking for this to be rolled out to whoever wants to use them,” said Amy Tong, the state’s chief information officer and director of the California Department of Technology.

Everyone who’s been inoculated against COVID-19 should have received a white paper card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that details where and when they got their shots, as well as their brand of vaccine.

The new electronic option provides the same information, as well as a QR code that can be scanned to confirm its authenticity.

Gov. Gavin Newsom, however, assures everyone it isn’t a vaccine passport.

“It’s not a passport, it’s not a requirement, it’s just the ability now to have an electronic version of that paper version, so you’ll hear more about that in the next couple of days,” he said.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) indicated that the system’s design provides a backup to the vaccination card.

In order to obtain the digital card, individuals must provide their name, date of birth, a cell phone number or email used to register for the vaccine and a PIN code. Once that process is completed, registrants will receive the COVID-19 vaccination information listed on their paper proof of vaccination — and a scannable QR code to prove that the vaccine record is authentic.

An FAQ on the site also promises privacy, assuring those concerned that “only you can decide how and if you want to share your record with others.” And for anyone concerned that this is a vaccine passport, the FAQ also ensures that the state “will not be implementing a mandatory passport system.” There’s also more information on how to correct the information and how to find a missing record on the site.

I will point out that the same politicians assured us the lockdown would last only two weeks to “flatten the curve.” I, personally, am skeptical.


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If they were serious they’d use blockchain.

LOLGF… passport this you scumbags!

Californians moving to other states can wave it around like Wayne and Garth with back stage passes to Alice Cooper. It ought to be a big hit for those moving to Austin or Houston.

Lucifer Morningstar | June 21, 2021 at 5:26 pm

Let’s see. You can use it to prove your vaccination status at restaurants, bars, music venues, amusement parks, etc. etc. and most importantly at airports where airlines require such things . . .

Yep, sounds exactly like a vaccine passport to me despite the protestations to the contrary.

    The airports/airlines really need to be reigned in. I’m not giving them a dime until they drop mask and vaccine requirements. On top of that, I’ve noticed that pricing and availability of flights is less than desirable. Making the trip both unpleasant and expensive is not the way to my heart.

henrybowman | June 21, 2021 at 5:30 pm

“It’s not a passport, it’s not a requirement, it’s just the ability now to have an electronic version of that paper version…”

When Social Security was first debated [in 1935] in the [Franklin D.] Roosevelt Administration, the president himself assured American citizens that a Social Security number would never be used for identification purposes.


Hereafter any Federal department, establishment, or agency shall, whenever the head thereof finds it advisable to establish a new system of permanent account numbers pertaining to individual persons, utilize exclusively the Social Security Act account numbers…

We have to accept that the Social Security number is the de facto national identifier and its use by government agencies at all levels and the private sector is too embedded to change.


2smartforlibs | June 21, 2021 at 5:39 pm

So private medical records ( HEPA laws) are no longer a thing?

    Olinser in reply to 2smartforlibs. | June 21, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    Just like Obamacare, they’re hoping that if they get enough companies to demand it and then fire enough employees for refusing that by the time the SCOTUS finally deigns to take the case, that they’ll make the argument that they CAN’T overturn it now, regardless of legality, because too many companies have already implemented it.

    I already had COVID and recovered. I told my manager straight up – I’ll wear a mask forever I don’t really care, but if the company tries to demand I take the vaccine I’m going to force them to fire me because I WILL NOT take it.

    By the way, every single business in Commiefornia the employees are still required to wear masks because of OSHA. It’s actually ludicrous to walk into a restaurant or grocery store and the only people wearing masks are the employees.

    Milhouse in reply to 2smartforlibs. | June 21, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    It’s HIPAA, and what have they got to do with it? Nobody is disclosing your private records without your permission. This just gives you a way to voluntarily show people your record in a way that is more reliable than a paper card that anyone can forge. It’s still up to you whether to show it to them. All they can do is refuse to deal with you if you don’t, just as they can already do with paper records.

      Edward in reply to Milhouse. | June 22, 2021 at 12:33 pm

      It is, indeed, HIPPA and that Act has nothing to do with this. But we’ve all seen instances of a governmental entity “promising” some protection or other and shortly thereafter violating the promise, It is far easier to stop this sort of thing in the beginning than after it has become the norm. Witness the use of the Social Security Account Number (SSAN) because limited storage in the IBM System 360 (and like systems) pushed programmers to use the nine byte SSAN for an identifier. Besides, the government picked up the cost of issuing the number and made it a criminal matter to use one not assigned to you (not that that stopped Illegal Aliens from using other people’s numbers for work).

      And where in the world do you live that you feel the need to show any Immunization Record to anyone? I’m vacationing in NY state and haven’t had a single person ask me to prove I’m Immunized as I’m not wearing a mask (admittedly I mostly did not wear a mask for the last year and almost a half anyway).

It’ll all be worth it if another crazy street bum slaps Newsom again.

I’m old enough to remember when the privacy of personal health information was protected by federal law.

I guess I missed it when they repealed HIPAA.

    hrhdhd in reply to Aarradin. | June 22, 2021 at 9:38 am

    HIPAA applies only to care providers and insurance companies, among other select groups. It doesn’t have the teeth you think it does.

    Milhouse in reply to Aarradin. | June 23, 2021 at 1:16 am

    How do you think this would violate HIPAA? Nobody who owes you a duty to keep your information private is disclosing it without your permission.

nordic_prince | June 22, 2021 at 9:35 am

Don’t worry, kids – medical apartheid is très cool.