Alberta has released the app to scan COVID-19 vaccine QR codes and it is now available for download on Apple and Android devices through the respective app stores.
As per the news release, when a valid QR code is scanned, a green check mark will verify the proof of vaccination and display a person’s name and date of birth. The province is asking businesses to check for a valid ID that matches the vaccine record for adults 18 and older.
If a person does not meet the vaccination requirement set in the Restrictions Exemption Program or if the QR code is tampered with, the record will show as invalid when scanned. Creating or using a false vaccination record is an offence and is subject to prosecution and/or fines of up to $100,000 for a first-time offence.
The app does not store any personal information and does not require an internet connection to operate once downloaded.
The province says the QR code which is not connected to any other health or personal information contains a secure digital signature provided by Alberta Health and is extremely hard to forge as it uses the same technology found in secure transactions in the banking system and other industries.
Starting November 15th, only COVID-19 vaccine records with QR codes will be accepted at venues that have implemented the Restriction Exemption Program.
Issues when using QR code app:
As per the news release:
- If there are issues scanning a QR code from your phone, zoom in on the code and increase the brightness. The QR code may not scan properly if the printing size is reduced or the paper copy is wrinkled. Do not fold a paper copy across the QR code.
- Businesses experiencing issues with the app can contact the support line at 1-888-527-1224 or email email@example.com.
Download AB Covid Records Verifier:
How to get vaccine record with QR code:
Albertans, including children turning 12 years and older, will need to enter the month and year of vaccination of any dose, Alberta Personal Health Number and date of birth to access their proof of vaccination with a QR code through alberta.ca/CovidRecords and then download the document.
Albertans can request a printed proof of vaccination with a QR code from a local registry agent’s office or by calling 811, at no cost.
Alberta says other forms of proof of vaccination will continue to be accepted until Nov. 15, including paper records from vaccine providers or a screenshot, or a printed record from alberta.ca/CovidRecords or MyHealthRecords.
Albertans who have missing or incorrect information on their vaccine record or has issues accessing it can go to alberta.ca/CovidRecordsHelp.