Zupkus: Vaccine Card Now Available Through CT WIZ

Zupkus: Vaccine Card Now Available Through CT WIZ

At the time of writing, we have yet to be called into Special Session to discuss the extension of Governor Lamont’s executive powers, which he has had since March of 2020. I am not interested in allowing his powers to continue and I will vote against such a measure if we are called in.

Should crisis arise, the legislature is more than capable of meeting and either acting on the issue or reinstating these powers. But in the meantime, we are past the point of emergency and the current overreach is unnecessary.

I will be sure to keep you updated on this.

In the meantime, I wanted to share some information about the recently amended state Immunization Information System (CT WiZ) and your ability to access your COVID-19 immunization records, as well an option to opt out if you choose.

Since 1998, vaccinations received by children have been recorded in CT WiZ. This was done to meet federal standards for reporting and allow parents access to childhood vaccination records needed for school, childcare, camp, etc. and keep records fluid for pediatricians.

Per a recent executive order, CT WiZ will now include all adult residents’ COVID-19 vaccination status. This will give residents access to their records (their “vaccine card”) in case they are misplaced. These records will be accessible to residents who have received the vaccine (with confirmation via the cell phone number or email address given at the time of vaccination).

If you would prefer not to have your immunization recorded in this manner, there is a way that you can opt out. The patient, or the parent or guardian of a minor, can submit a written request to the CT Department of Public Health (DPH) requesting that the immunization record no longer be maintained.

Should you wish to opt back in and access these records at any time, you may do so as well. Opt out and opt in information, and more, can be found by visiting https:// portal.ct.gov/DPH/Immunizations/ALL-ABOUT-CT-WiZ or through my website at www.RepZupkus.com.


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