Need proof of your vaccination?
Here’s how to verify your status from anywhere.
As businesses, schools, and other facilities reopen, many are requiring proof of vaccination for entry. Perhaps you’ve already experienced this when going to certain events, or your favorite restaurant. Many businesses, event planners, and local governments are also making the decision to require proof of vaccination to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Though this may seem like a hassle, this extra step is crucial in the fight to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and its variants. And it can help you get back to doing the things you love, safely.
Currently, there are a few different ways to show that you’re fully vaccinated. There are options for everyone, including those who need language assistance or don’t have access to a computer or smartphone. We break them down below . . .
What is recognized as valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination?
When you received your COVID-19 vaccine, you got a Vaccination Record Card (also known as a vaccine card or a vax card). This is the most common form of proof you are likely to come across, and the most straightforward way to prove you’re vaccinated. It’s a good idea to keep a photocopy of the card somewhere. Saving a photograph of the card on your cell phone is also a great idea to keep it handy!
Washington state also offers some different ways to show proof of vaccination if you don’t want to carry your card, or in case you misplaced or destroyed it.
These options include:
- MyIR Mobile Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination (printed or screenshot)
- MyIR Mobile QR code, or QR code displayed on an endorsed partner mobile app
- Washington State Immunization Information System printout
- Verified electronic medical record printout from your medical provider
These options are available to anyone who got the COVID-19 vaccine, including children. Parents can use any of these methods to access and show their children’s vaccination records.
Some locations may only accept one specific type of vaccine proof. Make sure to check to what kind of proof you need ahead of time, so you can be ready when you arrive.
What if I didn’t get a Vax Card, or if I lost or destroyed it?
Don’t panic. If you never received a Vax Card, or if you lost or destroyed it, you can still get official proof of your vaccination. Proof of vaccination may still be obtained through your health care provider, from the location where you received your vaccine, or by setting up an account at www.MyIRMobile.com.
Learn more about accessing your vaccine records through MyIR. If you need help getting your records, don’t have access to the internet, or if you need language assistance, call 1–800–525–0127, then press #.
Tips for storing your Vax Card
It’s important to treat your vaccination card like your passport or birth certificate — keep it in a safe place and be sure to make a couple copies. You can take a picture of your card, make a photocopy, laminate the copy (but not the original), or take other steps to make sure you have copies of it available.
We realize that showing proof and remembering where your vax card is may seem like another task on your to-do list. But rest assured you’ll be glad you have it handy (and copies!) as we navigate the next steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 and finally beat this pandemic.
For more information, tips, and help with vaccine verification in Washington state, visit www.LifeAfterVaccine.com.
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The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to everyone 12 and older. For more information about the vaccine, visit CovidVaccineWA.org and use the vaccine locator tool to find an appointment. The COVID-19 vaccine is provided at no cost to you.
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Answers to your questions or concerns about COVID-19 in Washington State may be found at our website. You can also contact the State COVID-19 Information Hotline at 1–800–525–0127 and press # from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday — Sunday and observed state holidays. Language assistance is available.