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Vaccinated state residents can now access their vaccine record digitally through a tool introduced Friday by California's Department of Public Health and Department of Technology.
The digital record can be accessed at myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov and requires residents to input their name, date of birth, phone number or email address and a four-digit PIN.
Users will then receive a link to their digital record, which has the same information as the physical Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccination record card given out when people receive their shots, as well as a QR code that can be scanned to show the same information.
Officials with the two departments stressed that the digital record would not be used as a so-called vaccine passport and is an alternative way for vaccinated residents to confirm their status when entering a business or event.
"More than 22 million Californians are now at least partially vaccinated, with nearly 20 million fully vaccinated," state epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan said Friday in a briefing on the tool.
"The odds are someone is going to misplace their paper CDC card and the digital COVID-19 vaccine record provides a convenient backup," Pan said.
The state Department of Technology's Office of Enterprise Technology designed the tool in-house, according to the office's Deputy Director Rick Klau.
Klau also noted that QR code readers will only be able to see the information present on the digital vaccine card and will not be able to store that information.
"They will see as if they were looking at the CDC card but it does not permit the creation of a copy of that information for storage," Klau said.
The state also has no plans to launch its own mobile app that would verify vaccine record QR codes, Klau said, although state officials are in talks about the possibility of a trusted QR code verification system that is compliant with the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council, which oversees the security of credit and debit cards.
Vaccinated people who need to correct or update their vaccination record can do so at cdph.ca.gov/covidvaccinerecord or contact the state's COVID-19 hotline at 833-422-4255.
Santa Clara County and the city of San Jose are raffling off more than 100 tickets to upcoming concerts, events and other prizes to anyone who gets a COVID-19 vaccine at select county-run vaccination sites in the next few weeks.
It is the county's latest incentive to encourage more vaccinations.
Residents can win tickets to Golden State Warriors games or concerts featuring Harry Styles, the Weeknd, Bad Bunny, Justin Bieber, Marc Anthony, Evanescence and many other artists.
Anyone can enter the raffle by getting vaccinated at county-run sites at Overfelt High School, the County Fairgrounds Expo Hall, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Valley Specialty Center, Mountain View Community Center, Levi's Stadium (through June 24) or Gilroy High School (through July 7). Pop-up clinics are not included in the raffle.
Different prizes will be raffled off every week and eight to 10 winners will be announced each Wednesday at 2 p.m. from June 23 to July 28 on the Santa Clara County Public Health Department's Instagram Live feed @scc_publichealth.
Those who have already been vaccinated also have a chance to win some of the raffles as well if they accompany an unvaccinated person to one of the aforementioned sites and bring proof of vaccination.
"People who aren't vaccinated are still very susceptible to severe illness from COVID-19," said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, COVID-19 Vaccine Officer for the County of Santa Clara. "It's important for everyone in the county who is eligible to get the vaccine. We hope this opportunity will encourage people to do the right thing and get vaccinated for their safety and for the safety of our entire community."
All event tickets are for the SAP Center in San Jose except the Golden State Warriors tickets and Trevor Noah tickets, which are for events held at Chase Center in San Francisco. A full list of the events can be found at covid19.sccgov.org.
For more information on COVID-19 vaccinations in Santa Clara County, including details on scheduling appointments, visit sccfreevax.org.
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