BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Residents of Massachusetts can now prove their COVID-19 vaccination status from their smartphone, as Governor Charlie Baker's administration announced Monday.
According to the State House News Service, the program named "My Vax Records" was designed to ease the process of residents entering businesses that require immunizations for entry. The service arrived before Boston's vaccine mandate scheduled implementation on January 15, which will require residents to be vaccinated for COVID-19 to enter certain businesses like restaurants, gyms, and entertainment venues in the city.
Baker administration officials said they have no plans to require the use of My Vax Records in businesses on a statewide basis.
The Baker administration said the user will need to enter their name, date of birth, and mobile phone number or email associated with their vaccine record for their digital passport to work. The user will then be asked to create a four digit PIN that will be required to access a link to the user's vaccination record, officials said. Once the SMART Health Card has been received, users can either save the QR code to their phone, like in an Apple Wallet, screenshot or save the code to their camera roll, or print out a copy for paper record, officials said.
The effort came as part of a voluntary coalition between public and private organizations, as officials said they had developed on the open-source SMART Health Care Framework that has been put to use in other states. According to the Baker administration, the My Vax Records system followed all national standards for security and privacy.
Residents can access the state's My Vax Records system here.