The AB Covid Records Verifier app, which is now available for download on both Android and Apple app stores, will help businesses confirm their patron’s vaccination status. (Photo by Government of Alberta)

The AB Covid Records Verifier app, which is now available for download on both Android and Apple app stores, will help businesses confirm their patron’s vaccination status. (Photo by Government of Alberta)

App to scan COVID-19 vaccine QR codes now available

The Alberta Government released a new vaccination status app for Albertans and businesses.

The AB Covid Records Verifier app, which is now available for download on both Android and Apple app stores, will help businesses confirm their patron’s vaccination status. When a valid QR code is scanned, a green check mark will verify the proof of vaccination.

“Albertans and businesses asked for a safe and secure app to make it easier to check proof of vaccination and today we have delivered. Enhanced vaccine records with a QR code and easy-to-use validator app are important tools in support of our commitment to protect the health-care system, slow the spread and increase vaccination rates,” says Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta.

The government says the app does not store any personal information but it will display a person’s name and date of birth, which businesses are asked to check against other identification.

“Our new proof of vaccine record and verifier app is more secure and easier to use for Albertans and businesses taking part in our Restrictions Exemption Program. It allows Albertans to easily show their vaccine record so they can safely do the things they enjoy – like visiting a recreation centre, gym, restaurant, or attending a sports or arts event,” says Jason Copping, Minister of Health. “Thank you to everyone who has been vaccinated. I encourage every eligible Albertan to get more information and get vaccinated so we can reduce the spread of COVID-19 and alleviate pressure on our health-care system.”

The new QR code system contains a secure digital signature that verifies it’s provided by Alberta Health and they say it is extremely hard to forge and creating or using a false vaccination record will now also be the subject to prosecution and/or fines of up to $100,000 for a first-time offence. For security measures, if a person does not meet the vaccination requirement set in the Restrictions Exemption Program or if the QR code is tampered with, the record will show as invalid when scanned. Albertans are reminded not to share their QR code in screenshot online.

“The verification app will make it simpler and faster for businesses to check their patrons’ proof of vaccination and I encourage all of them to download the app today,” says Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation.

Albertans can get their enhanced vaccine record with a QR code online at alberta.ca/CovidRecords without creating an account.

A printed proof of vaccination is available by request with a QR code from a local registry agent office or by calling 811, at no cost. Other forms of proof of vaccination, including paper records from vaccine providers or a screenshot, or a printed record will continue to be accepted until Nov. 15, from alberta.ca/CovidRecords or MyHealthRecords.