Minnesota launches smartphone app for digital copying of vaccines – Twin Cities
The Minnesota Department of Health has launched a new smartphone app that allows residents to have a digital copy of their immunization records, including if they have received the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Docket app is available in the Apple and Android app stores. With user authorization, it connects to the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection, allowing immunization records to be viewed and securely shared.
The release of the request comes after the state’s health ministry was inundated with requests for immunization records. So far this year, there have been over 33,000 requests for vaccine records, including 19,000 since July 1.
In 2020, the state received 12,000 requests for vaccination records and 13,000 requests were made in 2019.
“We recognize the importance of having a safe and convenient way to find, view and share your and your family’s immunization records, such as immunization records needed for school or child care,” Kris Ehresmann , director of the infectious disease division for the State Department. of health.
She noted that the app allows residents to see which vaccines may be overdue or needed in the future.
“It’s vital to making sure people are protected from preventable diseases,” Ehresmann said.
More companies, employers and sites are demanding proof of COVID-19 vaccines. President Joe Biden announced vaccine requirements last week that will impact around 100 million workers nationwide.
Yet Governor Tim Walz previously said in April that he had “no intention” of using so-called vaccine passports.
About 71% of Minnesotans eligible for COVID-19 vaccines have received at least one dose.
The Docket app allows residents to access a digital copy of their vaccination record without having to register for an app specifically designed to check for COVID-19 vaccines. Docket uses two-factor security and searches immunization records based on a person’s name and date of birth.
Residents who don’t have a smartphone or don’t want to use the app can still request a record of their immunizations from the state or their health care provider. These requests are currently taking weeks due to increased demand.
Those who wish to obtain their vaccination record without a smartphone or do not wish to use the application can request their vaccination record from MDH or their healthcare provider. For more information, go to https://health.state.mn.us and search for “Find my vaccination record. “
Docket is free and available for download from the Apple and Android app stores. For more information, go online at https://docket.care/