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Where Can I Get a QR Code for my COVID-19 Vaccine Record?

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As some of you may know, I’m an active member of many Facebook groups for interpreters and translators. I recently posted about how I meet my agencies’ requirement as a freelance medical interpreter for having my vaccine record on my person at all times during assignments in healthcare facilities. My state of Virginia now has an option to generate a QR code for your COVID-19 vaccination record, and I printed it on some vinyl sticker paper with my laser printer and adhered it to the back of my badge. Now, all I have to do is open the SMART Health Card Verifier app on my phone, scan the back of my badge, and voila! My vaccine record is displayed.

The QR code I have on the back of my badge. I’ve blocked out all identifying information for my own security.

This is super handy because I was previously carrying around my vaccine card in a holder on a lanyard that I’d keep around my neck. While the vaccine card holder I purchased on Etsy was super cute, it often got in the way and, because I interpret a lot in pediatrics, ended up in the hands (and sometimes in vain, in the mouths) of the kiddos I’d interpret for. Fortunately I purchased a holder made of a material that could be wiped down, but still, annoying.

Since posting the photo of my handy dandy new QR code on the back of my badge, I’ve had a lot of folks asking me how they can get a QR code for their COVID-19 vaccine record. This is understandable because for us in-person medical interpreters, a QR code is a far more convenient way to provide your proof of vaccination. It’s also far more tamper-proof than a hand-written vaccine card! They’re also more secure and private.

As far as getting your QR code onto your badge, if you’re interested in the waterproof vinyl sticker paper (for laser printers ONLY) either this product or this product are the one I used on my badge. I don’t have the labeled packets anymore so I don’t know which one is which! If you don’t have a laser printer, you can always print it on regular paper and use a sheet of self-adhesive laminating paper to adhere it around the edges. The links provided are Amazon affiliate links, which means I will receive a small commission for purchases made through those links, at no extra cost to you.

Whether or not you can get your vaccine record in QR code form depends on a number of factors, such as where you were vaccinated (i.e. a clinic, local health department event, or pharmacy), and what state you were vaccinated in. I have some options below, but please feel free to let me know if I’m missing something or you have more information.

Get a QR Code from Your State

Below I’ve compiled a list of the information I have at this time for which states supply QR codes directly or partner with an app or service to do so.

StateQR Code Available?Where to get it…
AlabamaNO
AlaskaPossiblyhttps://app.myirmobile.com/auth/sign-in?state=AK
ArizonaYEShttps://myirmobile.com/register/
ArkansasNO
CaliforniaYES (verified)https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/ or
https://patient.healthvana.com/ (LA county)
ColoradoNO but can access digital vaccine record
ConnecticutNO
DelawareNO but can access digital vaccine record
FloridaNO
GeorgiaNO
HawaiiYEShttps://hawaiicovid19.com/smart-health-card/
IdahoI don’t believe so
IllinoisNO but can access digital vaccine record
IndianaNO but can access digital vaccine record
IowaNO
KansasNO
KentuckyNO
LouisianaYEShttps://lawallet.com/covid-19/ or
https://myirmobile.com/register/
MaineNO
MarylandYES (varies by county)https://myirmobile.com/register/ or
https://vaccinecheck.us/partners/
MassachusettsNO
MichiganNO but can access digital vaccine record
MinnesotaNO but can access digital vaccine record
MississippiYEShttps://myirmobile.com/register/
MissouriNO
MontanaNO
NebraskaNO
NevadaNO but can access digital vaccine record
New HampshireNO
New JerseyNO but can access digital vaccine record
New MexicoNO but can access digital vaccine record
New YorkYEShttps://epass.ny.gov/home
North CarolinaNO but can access digital vaccine record
North DakotaYEShttps://myirmobile.com/register/
OhioNO
OklahomaNO but can access digital vaccine record
OregonNO
PennsylvaniaNO but can access digital vaccine record
Rhode IslandNO but can access digital vaccine record
South CarolinaNO
South DakotaNO
TennesseeNO
TexasNO
UtahNO but can access digital vaccine record
VermontNO
VirginiaYES (verified)https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/
WashingtonYEShttps://myirmobile.com/register/
Washington, D.C.YEShttps://myirmobile.com/register/
West VirginiaYEShttps://myirmobile.com/register/
WisconsinNO but can access digital vaccine record
WyomingNO
Last updated: October 7, 2021 at 5PM EST

After compiling this list I cross-referenced it with PC Magazine’s article, “Does my State Have a COVID-19 Vaccine App.” To my knowledge though the PC Magazine article contains more information regarding legislation, I believe my article is more up-to-date at this time.

Get a QR Code from the Pharmacy that Vaccinated You

Carbon Health, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, and more popular retail pharmacies offer QR code versions of your vaccine record if you were vaccinated with them (source). Consult with the pharmacy that provided you your COVID-19 vaccine(s) to see if they have this option.

Create Your Own QR Code

Supposedly a service called VaxYes will allow you to create a free digital vaccine passport complete with QR code. Furthermore, Samsung PayCommon supposedly now has a feature integrated with CommonHealth that will generate a QR code for your vaccine card. If you try these methods out and want to share feedback on how it works, please let me know so I can post it here!

You can also generate a QR code for free of any link or file here, but keep in mind that this is not as secure as the other options mentioned thus far. It may or may not be viewable to the public and your vaccine card likely contains sensitive information you want to keep from being made public. Use this option at your own risk, but know that I highly encourage you to use the next option mentioned.

If All Else Fails…

If none of these options work for you but you’d still like to have a digital copy of your vaccine card, you can always scan it or snap a photo of it and save it on your phone. It might not be the most high-tech solution ever, but it gets the job done. Just be aware that with the falsification of COVID-19 vaccine records on the rise, it is difficult to verify a photo or even a scan of your vaccine card. In a lot of cases, your physical vaccine card may be preferred.

About the author

Kelly (Grzech) Henriquez

Kelly is a Certified Medical Interpreter (CMI-Spanish) through the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI). She works as an independent contractor in the greater Richmond, Virginia area as a Spanish-English medical interpreter and also specializes in mental health interpretation.

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KGH Interpretation Spanish-English Medical & Mental Health Interpretation

Kelly (Grzech) Henriquez

I am a Certified Medical/Healthcare Interpreter (CMI-Spanish, CHI-Spanish) and a medical interpreter trainer. I work as an independent contractor in the greater Richmond, Virginia area as a Spanish-English medical interpreter. Click here to read more about me.

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