The 5 ways to get a digital record of your COVID-19 vaccination

In the post-COVID world, there’s a large chance that you’ll need proof of vaccination in order to get into your job, your favorite bar, or a sporting event. Here are several ways you can obtain what some are calling a “digital ID,” and others are simply calling a “vaccine passport.

1. Your state’s health department

The first place to look if you’re unsure about where you can find a reliable vaccine passport is directly through your local government. Your state’s database of immunization records is probably the best place to start if you’re looking for a way to get into concerts, bars, restaurants or other venues that may require a vaccine passport locally.

The most commonly used platform is called MyIRMobile, which is available in:

  • Arizona
  • D.C.
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • North Dakota
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

If you’re not of the techie variety, MYIRMobile also provides a printable PDF. Other states, however, have options like New York’s Excelsior Pass. For a full list of your state’s proof-of-vaccination requirements and guidelines, click here.

States that offer digital IDs or driver’s licenses like Colorado or Louisiana also have features that allow you to add your vaccine card to the state app on your phone. This would be a good option if your vaccine provider was a tent filled with fireworks, or on the floor of your favorite casino.

2. Your vaccine provider

If you’re not interested in dealing with the bureaucracies of your local government, or your local government disagrees with the idea of vaccine passports, there are other options. The next place to look for a digital vaccine ID is the pharmacy, big-box store, or private doctor’s office that you got your vaccine. Walmart has a digital vaccine provider, as does CVS or Walgreens, who have integrated their vaccine proof into their respective applications.

3. Your airline

If you’re traveling and need to prove your vaccination history abroad, there are several airlines that also offer solutions. The IATA Travel Pass, supported by British Airways, Qatar Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Korean Air, Air France, and dozens of others provides a network to verify your vaccine, and allow you to board flights to other countries.

If you’re traveling locally, try out VeriFly, the app that’s working in conjunction with United Airlines. It’s yet unknown as to whether or not you’ll need one of these digital IDs to fly in addition to your state or provider’s digital ID, but if you’re wondering whether or not your upcoming flight will require a vaccination, stay vigilant; updates are coming out every day.

4. A private Digital ID app

If all else fails, or you aren’t a US citizen, private companies have always got your back. While you might be skeptical and have some concerns about your privacy or data being sold, you’ll be reassured knowing that over 300 businesses have united to create the Vaccine Credential Initiative, and everything from Cedars Sinai to the State of California and Humana all has a stake in this.

The popular travel pass business Clear has a new platform called Health Pass by Clear that can be used along with the ClearPass portals at varying airports around the world. It can be used for vaccine validation along with temperature checking and tracking, or integrate your recent COVID-19 test results if your travel plans also require negative tests.

The takeaway

Laminating your vaccine card might prevent future booster shots from being recorded, and carrying it around in a fashionable-yet-practical pouch could, unfortunately, cause it to get lost or stolen. The best way to ensure your proof of vaccination is to get a digital card flashed from your phone or printed on a piece of paper – how you get that proof, however, is entirely up to you.