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Oregon health officials work on voluntary digital vaccine card

Oregon is testing a digital vaccine card that will be voluntary. (Getty Images)

The Oregon Health Authority plans to offer a digital vaccine card to Oregonians next spring.

It is not a passport: The technology is designed as a convenience for people who need to show proof of vaccination on their phone to get into a concert or restaurant, for example.

Alarmist rumors circulating on social media about a mandatory vaccine passport are false, officials said.

“Using the tool is optional,” the health authority told the Capital Chronicle in a statement.

Vaccination against Covid-19 is also voluntary but strongly recommended, especially with the potential threat of a new, highly contagious variant. On Monday, Dr. Dean Sidelinger, Oregon’s state epidemiologist, 

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