By: Helena Perray, Follow South Jersey Community Resources Intern
TRENTON, N.J. — The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) has released a new app that will allow fast and easy access to state residents’ personal and family COVID-19 vaccination records through a few simple clicks.
Docket Health inc., in partnership with the DOH, has created a simpler way for people who have been vaccinated to access their records without needing to keep a physical copy of their vaccination card on hand.
The Docket app is available in English and Spanish through the App Store and Google Play, and it allows individuals who have been vaccinated to download their vaccination records onto the app. In order to have your vaccination records saved to this app, you need to have an email address or phone number registered under the New Jersey Immunization Information System (NJIIS).
In addition to providing a digital record of your COVID-19 vaccination card, the app will provide users with access to their previous immunization records as well as any upcoming shots in the future. Through Docket, individuals will not only have full access to their own personal health data, but they’ll also be able to keep track of family member’s vaccination records as well.
“If you don’t have your vaccination card with you or you have lost it, you can easily access your record through the app,” Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said in a release. “Providing this COVID-19 record digitally, as is done with other health records, simplifies access to consumers.”
New Jerseyans who were vaccinated out of state may not have access to their vaccination records through the NJIIS. In order to ensure that all state residents are able to take full advantage of the Docket app, the NJDOH is still working on gaining access to the records of individuals that did not receive the vaccine in state.
The Docket app – which has been CDC approved – may also be expanded for use in many more states across the country, serving as an efficient solution for those who misplace their vaccination card or want on-the-go access to their personal records.
All personal health data accessed through the app is fully encrypted on Docket servers, ensuring that users have complete privacy and full authority over their records.
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.