Governor Newsom announced that California is developing a voluntary electronic vaccine-verification system that would enable businesses to verify patrons’ vaccination status.

Under the California Department of Public Health’s recent Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings, effective June 15, 2021, restaurants, retail stores and other businesses have three options with respect to verifying patrons’ vaccination status. Businesses may:

  • Provide information to all patrons, guests and attendees regarding vaccination requirements and allow vaccinated individuals to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry,
  • Implement vaccine verification to determine whether individuals are required to wear a mask, or
  • Require all patrons to wear masks.

The electronic vaccine-verification system would support the second option above and is intended, in part, to combat the emerging problem of forged physical vaccination cards.

Governor Newsom has emphasized, however, that that the electronic vaccine-verification system will not be mandatory and is not akin to a vaccine “passport.” Additional details as to the electronic vaccine-verification system are expected to be provided in the next few days.

Dunn DeSantis Walt & Kendrick provides advice and counsel to businesses and employers in connection with COVID-19 related questions. Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.

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