Hawaii launches digital vaccination card program
Hawaii Governor David Ige announced the Hawaii SMART Health Card program, which takes effect on Friday, September 10 and allows patrons to show a digital version of their COVID-19 vaccination card when entering businesses that require proof of vaccine.
The program is available to individuals who received their vaccine in Hawaii.
Ige noted the digital card program is voluntary, and anyone who doesn’t want to or cannot participate in it can still show physical proof of vaccine or negative COVID-19 test when entering restaurants and other establishments where it is required. The state hopes the digital program will help prevent use of fake vaccination cards.
“Participation in the SMART Health Card program is purely voluntary, but it aims to make it easier and more convenient for patrons to present proof of vaccination at restaurants, gyms, other businesses and establishments that require it,” Ige said in a statement.
The SMART Health Card program follows Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s announcement of the Safe Access Oahu plan, which requires restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and others to require individuals to show proof of vaccine or recent negative COVID-19 test result before entering.
Eligible individuals can upload an image of their vaccination card and enter details after creating an account at Hawaii’s Safe Travels website. Once the system verifies your information, you’ll receive a QR code that you can present on your phone when entering a business that requires proof of vaccination or negative test result.
The state is looking into allowing individuals to upload proof of negative COVID-19 test result, which can be presented at businesses in lieu of a vaccination card if the result is within the previous 48 hours. For now, individuals presenting a negative test result must display a physical copy of the result.
>> See the state’s official press release for the Hawaii SMART Health Card program.
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