If you’re invited to a wedding or some other event, and the host asks for your COVID-19 vaccination card, do HIPAA’s healthcare data privacy laws apply? And are there risks in sharing this information even if the event isn’t medically relevant?
More than a year after the COVID-19 pandemic put the world on lockdown, the U.S. is becoming the global leader in COVID-19 vaccinations. As a result, public and private gatherings — from sporting events and concerts, to parties and weddings — are happening again, albeit with health safeguards in place. The most common preventive measure that hosts and vendors are taking is requiring guests to present their COVID-19 vaccination cards.
But whether you’re the guest, the event host, or the event vendor, there are precautions you will need to take to assure medical privacy, says Wedad Suleiman, of Chapman Law Group’s Healthcare Compliance practice group.
On a recent edition of Wedding Industry Law video podcast, she touched on the differences in medical data privacy for the non-healthcare venue versus the medical setting, as well as best practices for storing and purging proof of guests’ COVID-19 vaccination.