The Saskatchewan government says residents can now access their COVID-19 vaccination record via a digital QR (quick response) code on mobile devices.
A new one-page format replaces the record released in the province last month, according to a press release Monday.
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The provincial government said the new QR code format supports proof of vaccination at the border entrance if traveling internationally, and is in line with the work the federal government is carrying out on a national solution.
“This is the next enhanced version of Saskatchewan’s COVID-19 vaccination registry. It has been something that travelers, businesses and organizations have been asking for, ”Saskatchewan Health Minister Paul Merriman said in a press release.
“I encourage anyone eligible for vaccination in Saskatchewan to get vaccinated and obtain their COVID-19 vaccine certificate from MySaskHealthRecord.”
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The province also announced that a free verification app will be available for download in late September for businesses or organizations to scan the QR code and determine whether or not a person is fully vaccinated.
“The information is secure and is not seen / saved / retained in the scanning process,” a government statement read.
“’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; one dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. “
How will the vaccination test work in Saskatchewan?
As of Monday, September 20, the province said an interim registration process is being implemented to make it easier for people to access proof of COVID-19 vaccination through their MySaskHealthRecord account on eHealth Saskatchewan.
The new approach will suspend verification of a PIN requirement for three to four months to allow people faster access to their MySaskHealthRecord and vaccination information.
“Verification will continue through key identity verification documents (SGI health card and photo ID),” the statement read.
“Website traffic is expected to be busy and delays may be experienced as more people sign up for MySaskHealthRecord in preparation for the proof of vaccination requirements beginning October 1.”
Through MySaskHealthRecord, people can also access the results of their lab tests, including tests for COVID-19. Officials added that it can take up to 24 hours for records to update after an account is activated.
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