Patients who received their COVID-19 vaccination at a Beth Israel Lahey Health (BILH) COVID-19 vaccination clinic now have the option to receive a personalized QR Code that contains the details of your vaccination. The QR Code is a digital version of the paper card you received when you were vaccinated, which eliminates the need to carry the paper card as proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
The QR code BILH provides follows SMART standards and is accepted under the Common Trust Network as a verified record. It can be stored directly on your mobile device, or in Android and iOS apps such as Google Wallet, Apple Health, Common Health, and Common Pass.
When your QR Code is scanned, details of your COVID-19 vaccination will be displayed, including:
- Your name and date of birth
- Name of the organization who administered your vaccine (Beth Israel Lahey Health)
- The type of vaccine you received and the dates you received each dose
How to Request a Digital Vaccination Card
If you have a patient portal account through your BILH provider you may be able to log in to the portal and send a secure email to request your QR Code.
You can also complete an information request form and send the completed form to us.
Frequently Asked Questions
A digital vaccination card is an electronic version of the paper card you received at your COVID-19 vaccination. The QR code contains the details of your vaccination and can be read when you show it at places that use the Common Trust Network to verify vaccination status. To verify your vaccination status the QR code must come from a recognized institution, such as BILH, so it cannot be falsified. In addition, anyone who scans your QR Code with the Smart Health Verifier App can read your vaccination record. Only share your QR code when necessary and keep it secure.
If you want an additional copy of your vaccination record to have with you at all times you can request a digital vaccination card and store it on your mobile device. Some airlines, sports venues, and workplaces also require proof of vaccination status via digital vaccination cards.
Patients who were vaccinated at one of Beth Israel Lahey Health’s vaccine clinics can request a QR code at any time.
You should receive your digital vaccination card within 5 business days of our receipt of your request. Please account for this timeline when making your request.
To store your digital vaccination card all you need is a smart phone, and any additional requirements are specific to the app you choose to store your data.
At this time we are unable to issue digital vaccination cards for our patients who received their COVID-19 vaccination elsewhere.
BILH can issue a QR code that contains the record of the dose of the vaccine that you received from us, but we cannot issue a QR code for the dose you received elsewhere.
BILH will issue a unique QR code to each patient that contains information about their vaccination. Each patient decides where they would like to store that information. Patients can keep the email that contains their QR code, save it to their Android device or the Google Pay app by clicking the button in their email, store it in an app that uses the Common Trust Network’s standard, such as Apple Health, Common Health, or Common Pass by scanning their QR code to the app.
Before choosing an app in which to store your QR code, check the requirements from the organization that requires proof of vaccination, in case they require a specific app for verification.
The QR code provided by BILH can be uploaded to and scanned by any app that supports SMART QR Codes from the Common Trust Network. This includes Google Pay, Apple Health, Common Health, Common Pass, and others.
If you have Android version 5 or later you can directly add your digital vaccination card to your device or to the Google Pay app by clicking on the link in your email. You can also use other apps to store your vaccination record, such as Common Health or Common Pass.
For more information on how to add a COVID vaccination card to an Android device, visit the Google Pay Help website.
At this time you can store your QR code in your email, in the Apple Health app with an iOS update of 15.0 or higher, or in any other app that works with the Common Trust Network, such as Common Health or Common Pass.
Yes, you can save your digital vaccination card to multiple apps and devices.
If you have difficulty storing your QR Code in any of the apps that accept it, please contact technical support for the app directly.
BILH is not sharing any vaccination information with any companies. BILH provides each patient with their own vaccination record, and it is the patient’s choice how they would like to store that data and who they would like to show it to.
Anyone who scans your QR Code with the Smart Health Verifier App can read your vaccination record. Only share your QR code when necessary and keep it secure.
You should not give your QR code to anyone else for their use. The QR code issued by BILH is unique to you and contains your personal health information and should not be used by anyone else as their own proof of vaccination.
Currently, we do not support QR codes for booster shots or additional vaccine doses you may receive, only the initial vaccination series. If you receive a booster shot, your original QR code remains valid for your previous vaccination.