State Launches Voluntary Digital Vaccination Card
A new digital alternative to paper vaccination cards is now available in Connecticut.
The state launched a digital vaccination card Dec. 20 that allows people an optional way, through smartphone technology, to securely show they were vaccinated.
The CT Wiz Public Portal uses two-factor authentication to verify a person’s identity to access and secure their vaccine information.
Parents and guardians can also access their children’s vaccine information.
Once a person connects with the system, the SMART Health Card displays a QR code that they can show when asked to show vaccination status.
California, New York, Rhode Island, and Canada are using similar technology.
Gov. Ned Lamont said the digital card is an alternative method designed to offer convenience.
“If you don’t want to carry your paper card around with you in your pocket, or if you lost your card, then you can digitally load it onto your smartphone,” Lamont said.
“If you don’t have a smartphone or don’t want to digitize your paper card, then you don’t have to, and you can keep using the paper card you were given when you were vaccinated.”
CBIA’s Eric Gjede said the digital card offered a convenient option for those businesses that require clients or customers to show their vaccination status.
“We really do not want to see any more restrictions placed on businesses,” Gjede said.
“But businesses can choose whether or not they want to use it, and they’re going to be able to provide a little bit of extra peace of mind to other patrons.”
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