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COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at protecting people from getting sick. The more individuals get vaccinated, the closer we get to progressing beyond this pandemic. And the more people are vaccinated in any given setting, the safer that setting becomes. In certain settings, people in California may be required to provide a COVID-19 vaccination record. Refer to the various State Public Health Officer Orders, for more information about the specific requirements for certain settings, including schools, healthcare and other congregate settings.
When seeking confirmation of COVID-19 vaccination status, organizations may manually review a paper or digital copy of individual's COVID-19 Vaccine Record Card or use a SMART Health Card-compatible reader to confirm the information contained in the digital vaccine record, with the individual's consent.
As part of that process, California recommends that organizations adhere to the following standards and principles for COVID-19 vaccine verification:
Originally Published on June 14, 2021