Virginia Department of Health Launches QR Codes to Verify COVID-19 Vaccination Status

A QR code is a secure type of barcode that can be scanned with a smartphone.
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The Virginia Department of Health has announced the addition of QR codes to Virginia COVID-19 vaccination records.

The technology allows anyone to show proof of vaccination with a digital or printed QR code instead of a paper card, and without the need for an app. As increasingly more employers and businesses respond to calls for employees and customers be vaccinated, the VDH believes QR codes will help improve the consistency and security of vaccination information while protecting individual privacy.

QR codes contain the same information as paper records, but in a format that offers greater security and efficiency. Because the QR code is digitally signed by the Virginia Department of Health, it cannot be altered or forged. Information from QR codes is only available if and when the individual chooses to share it. Businesses and employers that choose to verify an individual’s vaccination status can scan QR codes with the free SMART Health Verifier App. 

Virginia is now the fifth U.S. state to adopt the SMART Health format for QR codes. The framework and standards were developed by VCI, a coalition of more than 800 public and private organizations – including The Mayo Clinic, Boston Children’s Hospital, Microsoft, MITRE, and The Commons Project Foundation.

QR codes are available to anyone whose vaccination record includes a working phone number and is in the Virginia Immunization Information System (VIIS). Nearly all doses administered in Virginia are reported to VIIS, including pharmacies, physician offices, health department clinics, federally qualified health centers, and community vaccination centers. Some doses administered outside the commonwealth to Virginia residents may be in VIIS. Doses administered directly by federal agencies such as the Department of Defense or Department of Veterans Affairs are not reported to VIIS. If you’re unable to retrieve your record online, call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682, TTY users call 7-1-1) for assistance.

Vaccination Records:

If you can’t find your vaccination card, or would like a digital copy, visit vaccinate.virginia.gov or search for it here: https://vase.vdh.virginia.gov/vacapps/f?p=545:1  

Still Need to Get Vaccinated? 

For upcoming local COVID-19 vaccination clinics:

If you feel sick or believe you may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, learn more at:


To find a testing location:

No cost, free testing is available at Military Circle on Mondays from 2 – 6 p.m. Contact the Virginia Beach Public Health Department for more information at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-testing-sites/.

If you choose to visit your doctor or a local pharmacy to be tested, be sure to speak to your insurance company beforehand for more information regarding cost.

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