Things to consider when deciding on whether to get a booster:
- Risk of exposure to COVID-19
- Risk for severe infection related to underlying conditions
- Potential impact of COVID-19 infection
CDC recommends that your booster vaccine be the same vaccine product as the one you initially received. However, mixing and matching of vaccines has been authorized.
A booster shot is administered when a person has completed their vaccine series and protection against the virus has decreased over time. Additional doses are administered to people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems. This additional dose is intended to improve immunocompromised people’s response to their initial vaccine series.
MyChart, Montage Health's online health record, now has a new feature. MyChart users who received a COVID-19 vaccination from a Montage Health provider, can now provide full proof of vaccination with the state-approved QR code, or as a printable pdf. Patients of Montage Health can access MyChart to visit your MyChart account and click on your COVID-19 vaccination record to get started.
Additionally, the California Department of Public Health has created a Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Portal from which anyone who received their COVID-19 vaccination in California can request a digital copy of their vaccine record.
The digital COVID-19 vaccine record is an electronic record that is generated from the data stored in the California immunization registry. It includes the same information as your paper CDC vaccine card: your name, date of birth, vaccination dates, and details about the vaccine you received. It also includes a QR code that, when scanned by a SMART Health Card reader, displays the same information as your paper CDC vaccine card and also confirms that your vaccine record is an official record of the state of California.
The digital vaccine record serves as valid proof of your vaccination status and can be used instead of your paper vaccine card. The QR code can be stored on your mobile phone by screenshotting it and saving it to your camera roll. It can also be printed from your computer.
The digital vaccine record requires a mobile phone number and/or an email address to be associated with your record in the California immunization database in order for it to be delivered to you. If you were vaccinated in California and have trouble obtaining your digital vaccine record, it may be because your record does not include a mobile phone number or email address.
If you received your vaccination from Montage Health, you can request that this information be added to your record in the California immunization database by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. To ensure your record is updated accurately, please include the following details:
- Full legal name
- Date of birth
- Mobile phone number
- Email address (your personal email, not your work email)
Upon receipt of your request, we will update your record within one business day and notify you when the update has been completed. It typically takes 24 hours for the change to take effect in the state system, so please wait at least one day before attempting to retrieve your digital vaccine record after you have received confirmation that your record has been updated.