Canadian News Sep 14, 2021 5:19 PM EST

BREAKING: Alberta to release proof of vaccination system on September 16

Starting on September 16, Albertans can get their proof of vaccination on a new convenient card-sized printout through MyHealth Records. Work is also underway to make proof of vaccination available through a QR code.

BREAKING: Alberta to release proof of vaccination system on September 16
Alex Anas Ahmed Calgary, AB
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The Alberta government is set to release a provincial proof of vaccination system that residents can access on a mobile device or print a copy of their card-sized COVID-19 proof of vaccination.

Starting on September 16, Albertans can get their proof of vaccination on a new convenient card-sized printout through MyHealth Records. Work is also underway to make proof of vaccination available through a QR code.

According to the government release, a QR code will be an "easier, faster and more secure way" to share the immunization record when needed. The QR code is expected to be available in the coming weeks.

"We continue to make it easier for Albertans to securely access their health information, including immunization records, in the palm of their hand any time and anywhere through MyHealth Records," said Health Minister Tyler Shandro. "More Albertans are signing up for this tool every day to access their health information, and if you haven’t done so already, I encourage you to sign up now."

The province recommends Albertans plan ahead and save their proof of vaccination card on their phone or print it out before the needed date. They said that MyHealth Records might experience high traffic volume before significant events and long weekends.

This measure is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the Alberta government claims to protect lives and livelihoods by bending the curve, sustaining small businesses and protecting Alberta’s healthcare system.

Albertans looking to access MyHealth Records must first have a MyAlberta Digital ID. A MyAlberta Digital ID account can be created at account.alberta.ca using an Alberta driver’s license or identification card.

In addition to accessing the proof of vaccination online, Albertans looking for proof of vaccination can contact the pharmacy or physician's office where they received the vaccine or call 811.

This includes obtaining proof of vaccination for children under age 14 who cannot get their records through MyHealth Records. COVID-19 immunization records have been available since December 2020 for Albertans aged 14 and older.

More than 110,000 Albertans have created their MyHealth Records account in the last three weeks, bringing the total number of users to about 910,000.

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