About a week and a half after the introduction of vaccine QR codes for the public, a new vaccine QR code app has been released for Alberta businesses that have joined the Restrictions Exemption Program. The news came from a press release held by Premier Jason Kenney on Tuesday afternoon. Here’s what to know about it!
Basically, the new vaccine QR code app in Alberta is the business side of the new setup. Now, instead of individually verifying simple paper/photo records, businesses will be able to scan a patron’s QR code to determine whether or not they can enter the premises. It should be noted, of course, that the app (currently called the AB Covid Records Verifier) is free to access and use for anyone, via either Google Play or the App Store.
For folks in Alberta who need the QR code showing their vaccination status, you can get it right here.
Businesses & organizations can now download the AB Covid Records Verifier app to scan #COVID19AB vaccination records. When valid QR codes are scanned, a green check will appear. No personal info is stored.
— Alberta Government (@YourAlberta) October 12, 2021
The app has a fairly straightforward setup. When entering a business or event using the app, patrons will produce the QR code to be scanned. The app then verifies the data provided by the QR code with provincial health records, displaying a simple ‘Record Valid’ or ‘Record Invalid’ notification. Alongside this status is the name and date of birth of the patron, which is verified with another piece of ID.
The last part of all this is the timeline for the mandatory adoption of the new app. According to the province, the QR code will be the only acceptable form of vaccine status by Monday, November 15th. So, while we’ve got over a month to prepare, we suggest that our readers get their own QR codes sooner rather than later.
For more information, head to the Government of Alberta website.