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Essentia Health makes it easy to access COVID-19 vaccine status

Essentia Health uses MyChart to allow its patients to provide online proof of COVID-19 vaccination status to others.

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Essentia Health St. Joseph's Medical Center Saturday, May 1, 2021, in Brainerd. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch
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Essentia Health unveiled Friday, July 30, a new feature that will make its patients’ COVID-19 vaccine status readily available via the MyChart patient portal.

This functionality is increasingly important as requests for proof of vaccination become more prevalent.

“The COVID-19 vaccine and testing report is an exciting new feature that provides our patients with an official attestation document right in MyChart,” stated Dr. Sarah Manney, chief medical information officer at Essentia, in a news release.

For example, fully vaccinated people will be able to cross the Canadian border starting Aug. 9; some colleges will require a COVID-19 vaccine this fall; and many employers are considering a vaccine mandate of their own.

“Patients will be able to use this for travel, school, work or any activity where proof of COVID vaccination or negative COVID status is needed,” Manney stated.

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In MyChart, patients can see and present their vaccination status, as well as results from their last five COVID-19 tests. Patients also can download and print off their vaccination documentation. Patients can access MyChart online at https://bit.ly/3ibT02f or they can download the app.

“We encourage all our patients and community members to receive the COVID vaccine, which is especially important as the Delta variant threatens to undo so much of the progress we’ve made against this pandemic,” Manney stated.

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