LOCAL NEWS

State acknowledges difficulties with ‘clunky’ vaccine database, commits to fixing it

Jun 10, 2021, 12:38 PM | Updated: 1:09 pm
incentivizing, MyIR, 70%, vaccine...
(Photo by Ricardo Ceppi / Getty Images)
(Photo by Ricardo Ceppi / Getty Images)

With more and more people getting the COVID-19 vaccine, some people are having trouble finding themselves in the online database used by Washington state, MyIR.

Seattle hits major milestone, becomes ‘most vaccinated city’ in US

State health officials have pointed to MyIR as a way to show proof of vaccination, similar to the CDC cards you receive at the time you get your shot. The site matches a person’s state immunization data with the profile they set up.

But after a spate of people calling in and posting online that they have had a difficult time with the matching process, the state Department of Health acknowledged at its Wednesday briefing that the system is not a perfect one.

“Like many things in the pandemic, this was scaled very quickly,” said Lacy Fehrenbach, deputy secretary of the state’s COVID-19 response, adding, “We want to make this system better and all of our systems better as we go forward, so we’ll keep working through it.”

State Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah is hopeful that the Washington State Department of Health will see increased funding for technology like this kind of vaccine records system in the coming years.

“This is really about data systems and database systems and investments in technology from a long-term standpoint … in the long term, that is the direction we want to go,” he said.

He noted that most people haven’t had issues, but sympathized with the frustrations of those who have. People unable to locate records may find it is because their name, phone number, or another piece of personal data changed from the time they received their first vaccine (of any kind) in Washington. In other cases, people’s phone numbers or emails may not have been entered by the provider, especially at mass vaccination clinics where there were many people to get through.

“It’s a little bit more clunky, and it’s not as easily navigable, and so that has meant that that has been challenging for some people,” Shah said.

Washington ‘close’ to being able to reopen ahead of schedule

People have been calling the DOH in droves worried that if they are not visible in MyIR, they are not in the Washington State Immunization Information System for the vaccine lottery. However, there is no need to fret; the DOH reminds people that the state’s records system is separate from MyIR. That means that as long as your received your vaccine in Washington, you’re in the system and have a shot at that $250,000 prize or Mariners suite — even if you can’t match yourself on the website.

If you do run into troubles with MyIR, you should call the state’s vaccine hotline at 833-VAX-HELP to get help from a trained specialist. The state warns that it is experiencing high call volumes due to people wanting to make sure they’re in the lottery.

In the meantime, for vaccine verification in public, you can use your CDC card, a photo of that card, or medical records from your doctor’s office that document you received the vaccine.

“We are going to continue to evolve,” Shah promised. “Ultimately, this is about serving Washingtonians — we would not want to have a system in place that does not serve our communities.”

Local News

drug...
Frank Sumrall

Federal Way mayor in full support of state bills re-criminalizing drug possession

Multiple bills have flooded the state legislature in an attempt to reclassify possession of a drug — including fentanyl — as a felony offense.
13 hours ago
Bellevue school...
Nicole Jennings

Families rally ahead of Bellevue School District consolidation decision

Parents are rallying in protest as the Bellevue School District considers consolidating elementary schools due to dropping enrollment.
13 hours ago
FILE - A sign is shown on a Google building at their campus in Mountain View, Calif., Sept. 24, 201...
Associated Press

Google hopes ‘Bard’ will outsmart ChatGPT, Microsoft in AI

Google is girding for a battle of wits in the field of artificial intelligence with “Bard," a conversational service apparently aimed at countering the popularity of the ChatGPT tool backed by Microsoft.
13 hours ago
paramedic...
L.B. Gilbert

East Pierce County Fire starts advanced paramedic emergency program

A new Medical Service Officer program is ready to jump in when there are life-threatening emergencies in Pierce County.
13 hours ago
power...
L.B. Gilbert

Crash into utility pole cuts power, 911 service to Kent neighborhood

A Kent neighborhood is in the dark Tuesday morning after a crash into a utility pole cut power.
13 hours ago
crime...
L.B. Gilbert

SPD releases 2022 crime report; homicides up, vehicle theft at all-time high

Violent crime reached a new high in Seattle, with the release of the Seattle Police Department's (SPD) year-end 2022 crime report.
13 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

safety from crime...

As crime increases, our safety measures must too

It's easy to be accused of fearmongering regarding crime, but Seattle residents might have good reason to be concerned for their safety.
Comcast Ready for Business Fund...
Ilona Lohrey | President and CEO, GSBA

GSBA is closing the disparity gap with Ready for Business Fund

GSBA, Comcast, and other partners are working to address disparities in access to financial resources with the Ready for Business fund.
SHIBA WA...

Medicare open enrollment is here and SHIBA can help!

The SHIBA program – part of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner – is ready to help with your Medicare open enrollment decisions.
Lake Washington Windows...

Choosing Best Windows for Your Home

Lake Washington Windows and Doors is a local window dealer offering the exclusive Leak Armor installation.
Anacortes Christmas Tree...

Come one, come all! Food, Drink, and Coastal Christmas – Anacortes has it all!

Come celebrate Anacortes’ 11th annual Bier on the Pier! Bier on the Pier takes place on October 7th and 8th and features local ciders, food trucks and live music - not to mention the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and backdrop of downtown Anacortes.
Swedish Cyberknife Treatment...

The revolutionary treatment of Swedish CyberKnife provides better quality of life for majority of patients

There are a wide variety of treatments options available for men with prostate cancer. One of the most technologically advanced treatment options in the Pacific Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform at Swedish Medical Center.
State acknowledges difficulties with ‘clunky’ vaccine database, commits to fixing it