Starting Sept. 16, Albertans will be able to print a copy of their card-sized COVID-19 proof of vaccination or show it on their phone or tablet.
Work is also underway to make proof of vaccination available through a QR code, something already used in other provinces and called-for by Albertans since the province entered the fourth wave of the pandemic. The QR code is expected to be available in the coming weeks.
The move follows release of a recent Leger survey which shows overwhelming support for vaccine certification among Albertans, with 70 per cent of businesses and 74 per cent of citizens supportive.
"When faced with further restrictions, businesses tell us vaccine certification will allow them to remain open with much more certainty than current measures provide,” said Deborah Yedlin, President & CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. “In light of rising cases and stagnant vaccination rates, vaccine certification is a straightforward way to keep our economy open and stimulate vaccination rates. We’ve seen it work in other jurisdictions.”
Announcing the introduction of the proof of vaccination card--though not calling it a vaccine passport--Minister of Health Tyler Shandro said “We continue to make it easier for Albertans to securely access their health information, including immunization records, in the palm of their hand anytime and anywhere through MyHealth Records."
“Businesses and residents have clearly indicated the need for a standardized framework to ensure consumer confidence and protect worker safety,” said Jeffrey Sundquist, President & CEO of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce. “As other jurisdictions move ahead with implementing vaccine certifications, we cannot be left behind and have local business risk losing their competitive edge when it comes to attracting workers, customers and investors.”
The survey found businesses are supportive of vaccine certification for the following reasons:
· 61% in favour to avoid widespread lockdowns
· 58% in favour to ensure the safety and health of workers
· 58% in favour to strengthen consumer confidence
· 27% in favour to resume international travel
· 18% in favour to host sporting events, concerts, nightclubs, etc.
The government recommends Albertans save their proof of vaccination card on their phone or print it out before the needed date. MyHealth Records may experience high traffic volume before major events and long weekends.
Albertans who need support can contact the MyHealth Records support line at 1-844-401-4016 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Proof of Vaccination FAQ on alberta.ca answers common questions about getting an immunization record.
MyHealth Records is accessible online through an internet browser or through an app downloaded to a phone or tablet. 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 licence or identification card.
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.