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QR codes in Virginia are now available to verify COVID-19 vaccination

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Hunters Nightclubs Palm Springs operations manager Troy Hay tries to help a person scan the ca.gov QR code to obtain digital proof of their COVID-19 vaccination inside the bar on Arenas Road in Palm Springs, Calif., on August 18, 2021. Hunters Nightclubs Palm Springs and other bars on Arenas Road have been requiring vaccination proof or a negative test for COVID-19 from patrons since early August, long before the city mandate begins.

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Health launches QR codes — a type of barcode that can be scanned with smartphones — to Virginia COVID-19 vaccination records.

QR codes — short for “quick response” — are commonly used in retail, logistics and other sectors.

The technology allows anyone to show proof of vaccination with a digital or printed QR code instead of a paper card, and without the need for an app. As more and more employers and businesses respond to calls by President Biden and Governor Northam to require that employees and customers be vaccinated, QR codes will help improve the consistency and security of vaccination information while protecting individual privacy.

A person vaccinated in Virginia can visit vaccinate.virginia.gov to obtain their free vaccination record with QR code, which can then be saved to a phone gallery, printed on paper or stored in a compatible account, said the Virginia Department of Health.

QR code for pre-registration

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QR codes contain the same information as paper records, but in a format that offers greater security and efficiency. Because the QR code is digitally signed by the Virginia Department of Health, it cannot be altered or forged.



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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service