The Baker-Polito Administration recently announced a tool that gives residents a new way to access their digital COVID-19 vaccine card and vaccination history. The new tool, which is called My Vax Records, allows people who received their vaccination in Massachusetts to access their own vaccination history and generate a COVID-19 digital vaccine card containing similar vaccination information to that on a paper U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) card. The COVID-19 digital vaccine cards produced by the system utilize the SMART Health Card platform and generate a QR code that can be used to verify vaccination. The Administration is not requiring residents to show proof of vaccination to enter any venue, but this tool will help residents who would like to access and produce a digital copy of their record.
The new tool is available at MyVaxRecords.Mass.Gov.
How it works
The new tool is easy to use; a person enters their name, date of birth and mobile phone number or email address associated with their vaccine record. After creating a four-digit PIN, the user receives a link to their vaccine record that will open upon reentry of the PIN.
The electronic record shows the same information as a paper CDC vaccine card: name, date of birth, date of vaccinations and vaccine manufacturer. It also includes a QR code that makes these same details readable by a QR scanner, including smartphone apps. Once the SMART Health Card is received, users can save the QR code to their phone, such as the Apple Wallet, screenshot the information and save it to their phone’s photos, or print out a copy for a paper record. The system follows national standards for security and privacy.
This system provides an optional way that residents can access their vaccination information and a COVID-19 digital vaccine card. This will provide residents with another tool to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, should it be requested by businesses, local governments or other entities.
The system leverages the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS), the official database used by health care providers across the state to record vaccination information. The system relies on hundreds of providers inputting demographic and health information. Some users might not be able to immediately find their record or might find an incomplete record. Residents whose record is incomplete or cannot be found can either contact their health care provider or contact the MIIS team to update their records. Learn more about the tool and view frequently asked questions at www.mass.gov/myvaxrecord.
Massachusetts has worked with VCI™, a voluntary coalition of public and private organizations which developed the open-source SMART Health Card Framework in use by other states. The VCI coalition is dedicated to improving privacy and security of patient information, making medical records portable and reducing healthcare fraud.
My Vax Records is just one way residents can obtain their COVID-19 vaccination record. Pharmacies that administered the COVID-19 vaccine and many health care providers also are making SMART Health Cards available or are providing additional options.