California launches digital COVID-19 vaccination certification
LOS ANGELES - California has launched a digital platform through which local residents could get access to their COVID-19 vaccine records. The online system, called the Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record portal, means a digital backup to the paper cards from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that Americans receive when they get a COVID-19 vaccination.
The digital record shows the same information as the paper CDC vaccine card: Name, date of birth, date of vaccination, and vaccine manufacturer. It also includes a QR code that makes the same details readable by a QR scanner. Neither the state public health authority nor California Governor Gavin Newsom avoided calling the digital records vaccine passports.
Vaccine passport ban's supporters said the rules, championed mostly by Republicans, protect individuals' privacy and promote economic recovery, while opponents argued the rules could harm public health and make a return to normalcy difficult for society when it tried to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks.
Three states, including New York, Hawaii, and Oregon, exempted fully vaccinated individuals from some COVID-19 restrictions if they can provide proof of vaccination. The Biden administration has said the federal government would not mandate vaccines or set up a national credential system.