VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Last month, the Virginia Department of Health said a new tool to help people verify their vaccination status through QR code would launch in two to three weeks, and now Gov. Northam says the tool should launch in the next couple of days.
The tool is meant to help people prove to businesses that they are vaccinated. Users would have a QR code that a business or other venue could scan to verify proof.
Several other states already have these tools in place, including North Carolina, as more and more businesses are requiring vaccination proof for entry.
Gov. Northam says the tool is optional. "We'll have an announcement probably in the next day or so that those are available. It's something everyone can recognize and if, for example, a business says you need to show proof of vaccination, it'll be there to show that proof," he said.
Many people have also turned to pharmacies and drug stores to get their shots over the last several months. On Wednesday, Rite Aid announced it's partnering with an app called CLEAR to help people who got their shots at Rite Aid have an easy way to provide proof.
“With CLEAR, you are always you and it shouldn’t take a wallet full of cards to prove your identity and vaccination status,” said Caryn Seidman-Becker, CLEAR CEO, in a statement. “Today, proof of vaccination is more important than ever, and we are excited to work together with Rite Aid to help empower patients with an easy and secure digital vaccine card.”