The much talked about QR (Quick Response) code for proof of COVID-19 vaccination is now available.
The province announced Monday morning that Saskatchewan residents with a MySaskHealthRecord account at eHealth Saskatchewan are now able to view their COVID-19 vaccination record in a new format that includes a QR code.
It can be downloaded/saved, printed and viewed on mobile devices.
The new one-page format replaces the COVID-19 vaccination record launched in Saskatchewan in August, which does not include a QR code. The new format with QR code also notes the individual’s name, type of vaccine administered, date, country of issuance and lot number.
After the province first began offering the vaccination format, there was a huge uptick — and resulting backlog — in people trying to register on eHealth. The new requirement is expected to create further demand.
The new certificate with digital QR code supports proof of vaccination at border entry if travelling internationally, and is aligned with work the federal government is undertaking on a national solution.
“This is the next, improved, version of Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 vaccination record,” Health Minister Paul Merriman said in a news release.
“It has been something that travellers, businesses and organizations have been asking for. With the announcement last week of stronger measures being introduced to help curb the transmission of COVID-19, I encourage anyone eligible for vaccination in Saskatchewan to get their vaccines, and to get their COVID-19 vaccine certificate from MySaskHealthRecord.”
Since August, when the Saskatchewan Roughriders announced proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 to gain entry for their Sept. 17 game, talk has turned to an easy to use QR code.
Wallet cards showing vaccines administered will also be considered acceptable proof of vaccination to meet the conditions of the public health measures announced on Thursday.
Those included proof of vaccination starting Oct. 1 at non-essential businesses, including indoor dining at restaurants and bars, casinos, concert venues, movie theatres, museums, fitness centres and gyms.
In the release, the province said the vaccine certificate with QR code is being launched now — ahead of Oct. 1 — to give people time to retrieve the information and familiarize themselves with the process.
By the end of the month, businesses or organizations requiring proof of vaccination will have the option to download and use a free QR code verifier app, that will be able to scan the QR code and determine if a person is fully vaccinated or not. The Saskatchewan Vaccine Verifier app (SK Vax Verifier) will be free from Google Play or Apple App stores.
An individual’s vaccination information is embedded in the QR code, and when it is scanned with the SK Vax Verifier app, the app will show either a green indicator to verify the person is fully vaccinated or a red indicator to show they are not. Information is secure, and is not viewed/saved/retained in the scanning process, according to the province.
“Fully vaccinated” means 14-days after receiving: the second of two doses of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna) or AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (all interchangeable between the two doses), or on dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.
By the end of September, citizens may also, if they choose, acquire for free the Saskatchewan Vaccine Wallet app (SK Vax Wallet) from Google Play or Apple App stores to download their vaccine record and have it easily accessible in the SK Vax Wallet app on their phone.
To get your COVID-19 vaccination certificate with QR code through MySaskHealthRecord (or to create a new account), people can visit www.ehealthsask.ca/MySaskHealthRecord/MySaskHealthRecord/.
Once an account is created, individuals may access their COVID-19 vaccination record as well as their complete immunization history, lab test results, including COVID-19 tests, and other health history. It may take up to 24 hours for your record to be updated, after an account is activated.