COVID-19 vaccinations are required at more places; here’s how to prove you’ve had a shot

Cities, school districts, colleges and some businesses are now requiring workers, and in some cases customers, to prove they are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Cal State Long Beach announced in late July that faculty, staff and students would be required to get the vaccine before the fall semester, and a day later the city instituted the same mandate. Long Beach Unified and Long Beach City College, along with local hospitals, are also now requiring vaccinations.

There are several ways to prove you’ve had both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine:

The CDC vaccine card

Everyone in the United States who receives a vaccine should receive a paper card that shows the dates and the type of vaccine they received. The cards should be kept in safe place, or take a photo of it and keep it in your phone, city officials recommend.

State digital vaccine record

The California Department of Public Health maintains digital records of those who have been vaccinated.

Visit myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov or call 833-422-4255 to request your vaccination record.

The digital record shows the same information as your CDC vaccine card: name, date of birth, vaccination dates and the type of vaccine you received.

The digital record also includes a QR code that when scanned by a SMART Health Card reader will display to the reader your name, date of birth, vaccine dates and vaccine type.

The QR code confirms the vaccine record as an official record of the state of California.

Take a screenshot of your record or print it out, and save your digital vaccine record to Google Pay or Apple Wallet.

California Immunization Registry

There are two ways to get a copy of all the vaccinations, including COVID-19, that are in your California Immunization Registry (CAIR) record:

  1. Ask your doctor to look up your vaccination record in CAIR and provide you with a copy.
  2. Visit cairweb.org to request your vaccination records directly from CAIR.

Wait at least two to three weeks after you are vaccinated before making the request, then complete the online Authorization To Release Form.

Have a scan or photo of a current official photo ID ready to upload as the form must be completed in a single session. You will then receive an email with your vaccination record. The record can only be requested online and it can only be provided by email.

For more information, visit cairweb.org.

Other kinds of digital records are being used in Los Angeles County: 

Healthvana digital records are available to residents of L.A. County (including Long Beach and Pasadena) who have received at least one dose of vaccine (regardless of where they were vaccinated) and anyone who has received at least one dose in L.A. County (regardless of where they live). If you received a vaccine at one of these locations, you should receive an email from [email protected] and/or a text message from Healthvana with a secure link (most text messages will display as 37586). When you click the link in the email or text, you will be asked to enter your first name, last name, and date of birth to confirm your identity. You can then view your digital vaccination record. If you don’t get the email or text within one month of being vaccinated, visit healthvana.com and select “contact” in the menu to request your record.

City of Los Angeles/Carbon Health. The Los Angeles City Fire Department partnered with Carbon Health to provide vaccination at multiple locations in Los Angeles. If you were vaccinated by Carbon Health at any location you can get a digital vaccine record healthpass through the Carbon Health mobile app or website. Log in to patient.carbonhealth.com to access your healthpass.

Federal agencies. If you received your vaccinations from a federal agency (e.g., Department of Defense, Indian Health Services or Veterans Affairs), you will need to reach out to those agencies for assistance with your vaccination record.

For more information, visit VaccinateLosAngeles.com, click on “Vaccine” at the top of the page and then click on Vaccination Records.

Need proof of your vaccination? California says you can now get it digitally

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