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Saskatchewan temporarily closes QR codes in COVID vaccine proofs after privacy breach

The Saskatchewan government says they’ll temporarily be shutting off QR code COVID-19 vaccination proofs after they were alerted to issues downloading the codes.

Their IT department has found COVID 19 vaccination records of up to 19 residents have the potential of displaying in other citizens’ QR codes. They note that one person’s information has been erroneously captured. This person has been contacted and The Office of the Information and Privacy Officer of Saskatchewan has been made aware of this issue.

The province says in an abundance of caution, QR codes will not be issued or reissued again until next week, and for the rest of Friday evening, people will be unable to view their proof of vaccination certificate in MySaskHealthRecord, although the vaccines administered still show.

Tomorrow, citizens will be able to download or print their proof of vaccination record once again, which will still include their name and details about the vaccines administered. The QR code will still be missing at that time though.

People who’ve downloaded or printed a QR code on their COVID-19 vaccination record between September 19th-24th are asked to destroy/delete any records with their COVID-19 QR code as the code will be made invalid.

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If when scanning the code, someone else’s name comes up, they should email the eHealth Saskatchewan’s Privacy Officer at [email protected]

In the meantime, people can also use the wallet card, an earlier version of a MySaskHealthRecord COVID-19 vaccine certificate, or a COVID-19 vaccine printout from Saskatchewan Health Authority Public Health as a COVID-19 proof of vaccination.

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