Digital Vaccination Record

The City of Berkeley is requiring proof of full vaccination from those 12 and older to enter indoor gyms and other recreational facilities, locations that have indoor service of food and drink, or to attend indoor events with more than 1,000 people. The vaccination proof will also require photo identification as a cross-check. The order will be enforced beginning September 10.

All restaurants, bars, clubs, gyms, and indoor events with more than 1,000 people in San Francisco now require proof of vaccination prior to entrance. Additional Bay Area cities may soon implement similar orders. The order allows businesses to continue to operate while protecting against the spread of COVID that is mostly caused by the Delta variant. These orders provide several options, including showing either the physical card or an image of the card from your phone, using several approved third-party apps, or a QR code from the State of California vaccine record website.


To get a QR code in anticipation of community and business requests for your vaccination status, you can obtain a digital copy of your vaccination record through the state’s Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record website. If a match is found, the website will send a text or email with a QR code. Save the QR code to your phone to use as needed.


There have been several recent reports in the media that the digital versions of the vaccine cards are not always located using this site. The most common reason for not finding a match is that a different phone number or email address may have been used when the appointment was made. If you received your vaccination through the Lab, use your Lab email address or phone number to search for the digital version. If you have additional issues, you can follow the instructions on the website. You will need to upload an image of your card and an image of a government-issued ID such as a driver’s license. Continue to check the website once a week to see if you can retrieve your record since the state may not notify you when your record is matched. It can take several weeks for the state to complete the process.


Tip: Some people have trouble receiving their digital records when using the cell phone option. If you receive an error text, go back to the site, fill out your information again, and select email instead.


If you have lost the physical vaccination card, you will need to talk with your healthcare provider or go to the California Immunization Registry (CAIR) website to request a full immunization record that includes COVID-19. This may take several weeks so plan accordingly.


If you have not uploaded a copy of your vaccination record to the Lab’s occupational health record system, you may do so at clinic.lbl.gov. You may upload a copy of your vaccine card (not the state's QR code) using one of the following image formats: PNG, JPG, PDF, or DOCX.