#Videos Orange County to test digital COVID vaccine passports

Orange County will launch a pilot program to test out digital COVID-19 vaccine passports, health officials announced this week.

“The Digital Passport enables individuals to participate safety and with peace of mind in activities that involve interactions with other people, including travel, attractions, conferences/meetings, concerts, sports, school and more,” Orange County Health Care Agency officials said on Twitter.

Few details were available on how the digital passport would work to verify COVID-19 immunization status.

County health officer, Dr. Clayton Chau, told the O.C. Register that Orange County could easily update its vaccine appointment scheduling website, Othena, so that people who used it to get vaccinated could show anyone proof of their vaccination.

Othena is being used for vaccine appointments at the county’s mass inoculation sites, including Disneyland, the O.C. Fairgrounds and Soka University.

So far, 598,838 people are fully vaccinated in Orange County and another 589,230 people have only received one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, according to county data.

Orange County’s announcement comes after California state officials unveiled plans to allow private events with more people together if all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination starting April 15.

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