NJDOH Expands Access to Digital Immunization Records
The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) is increasing access to digital immunization records by expanding the free New Jersey Docket app. The expansion will give individuals and their families the option to access all of their own records that are available in the state’s immunization records system.
Availability of vaccination records is dependent upon healthcare providers submitting that information to the New Jersey Immunization Information System (NJIIS). Based on the current regulations, all doses given to those under seven years of age are required to be reported to NJIIS. This means that pediatric records are more likely to be complete in NJIIS than those of adolescents and adults. Parents and legal guardians will likely be able to access their child’s immunization records via Docket.
The free New Jersey consumer access Docket app is available from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Individuals seeking their full immunization record should download the latest app version: 2.2.44.
The New Jersey Docket app, introduced last summer, initially included COVID-19 vaccine and booster records to enable easy access to a digital record in case an individual lost their vaccination card or needed quick access to their record. The expanded access to other vaccine records is available beginning with app version 2.2.44.
The app, developed by New York-based Docket Health, Inc., also can provide access to family members’ records through a shared account.
To date, Docket has about 1.3 million users who have accessed over 1.8 million personal and family COVID-19 immunization records through NJIIS, which is the state’s central repository for immunization records.
The New Jersey Docket app adheres to federal and state standards for data security and privacy to protect individuals’ information. NJIIS records include the individual’s name, phone number, and demographic details which were shared at the time of vaccination. NJIIS also exchanges data with neighboring jurisdictions for New Jerseyans who have received vaccines in Connecticut, Delaware, New York City, New York State, Philadelphia, and Rhode Island.
“Digital vaccination records enable simple access for individuals who wish to access their records for any reason, such as keeping track of when they may be due for certain vaccines,” said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. “Expanding access to those records that are available provides convenience, especially for parents.”
Individuals with an email or phone number on file with the New Jersey Immunization Information System (NJIIS) can access and download their vaccination records using the app. Individuals should reach out to their personal healthcare provider if they do not see their full immunization record in Docket.
A new immunization record PDF accompanies the app update, which may be shared as needed during back-to-school season, employment onboarding, and international travel. In future releases in the months ahead, Docket will also include alerts for upcoming and overdue immunizations.
Docket is currently available in English, Spanish, Hindi, and Ukrainian, with more language translations coming soon.
For more information, visit the Docket app FAQ.
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