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LA residents can use their phones to provide COVID-19 vaccination proof

The app could also remind users to get a second shot.
Steve Dent, @stevetdent
December 29, 2020
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A pharmacist fills a syringe to prepare a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for front-line health care workers at a vaccination site at Torrance Memorial Medical Center on December 19, 2020 in Torrance, California. - The vaccine brings hope for health care workers as the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reports over 600,000 positive COVID-19 cases in the county. (Photo by Patrick T. Fallon / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)
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After seeing record COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations, Los Angeles County will use technology to help residents track and prove their vaccination records, Bloomberg reports. The public health department has teamed with startup Healthvana on an app that will that will store vaccination records in Google or Apple wallets. It will remind residents to get a second shot, while providing them with a vaccination record “to prove to airlines, to prove to schools, to prove to whoever needs it,” Healthvana CEO Ramin Bastani told Bloomberg.

Pfizer allocated 82,875 COVID-19 vaccine doses in the region and nearly half have been distributed to emergency workers, health service providers and long-term facility residents. However, LA County is one of the largest in the US with over 10 million residents, so once vaccinations ramp up next year, keeping track will become a challenge. On top of that, deaths in the county are approaching 10,000, so hospitals and clinics are already overwhelmed — and it’s expected to get much worse in January 2021.

“We’re really concerned. We really want people to come back for that second dose,” said the LA County Department of Public Health’s Claire Jarashow. “We just don’t have the capacity to be doing hundreds of medical record requests to find people’s first doses and when they need to get their second.”

It’s not yet clear when the app/service will be available or exactly how it will work. Healthvana already offers a contact tracing app for LA County residents, along with patient portals to view test results and other COVID-19 related services. Other companies like IBM and non-profit organizations are also working on digital “vaccine passports” that will eventually allow folks to travel or enter stadiums, movie theaters and other venues.

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