In Brief: Looks as though the COVID records of 9.6 million or so Texas residents will be destroyed – not because they’ve asked to have that done, but because Texas has a very unusual state law that requires it to do so

State officials could ask vaccine recipients for consent to keep the data, but there are no signs that’s a priority. What’s the downside? Once the records are purged, the only way the individuals or medical professionals who care for them can figure out whether they were previously vaccinated, is if they can show their paper vaccine card. A bit primitive and vague for a state in a world-leading country, but remember we’re talking about Texas.