Through the iPhone’s Apple Wallet, users can now securely store their vaccination cards to show establishments that require proof for entry or access.
iPhone users now have a hassle-free way to ensure that they have their proof of vaccination against the coronavirus on their person if they need to present it. With the latest update of iOS 15, people can securely save verifiable copies of their COVID-19 vaccination and test result records in the Health app of any iOS device. Records obtained through this format are digitally signed by a vaccine or test result provider, which is just as good as an official physical document with an official seal.
Storing health records on an iPhone’s Apple Wallet has certain limitations. For example, while users may save COVID-19 test results in the Health app, they cannot be stored in the Wallet. However, users do have the ability to add their vaccination cards—individuals are encouraged to contact their COVID-19 vaccine provider to request either a downloadable file or a QR code linked to their records to do so. Users will find that storing their vaccination cards this way will make sharing essential health data through the iPhone with others a safer, more contactless experience.
To add a vaccination card via a health provider-supplied QR code, launch the Camera app on the iOS device and aim the rear-facing camera at the code, ensuring it is within the viewfinder. Once the device recognizes the QR code, tap the Health app notification that pops up. Tap ‘Add to Wallet & Health,’ then ‘Done’ to finalize the process. If a user receives vaccination information through a download link, tap it on the iOS device, hit ‘Add to Wallet & Health,’ then ‘Done.’ Once the vaccination card is stored in Apple Wallet, it’ll give users a safer way to share COVID-19 vaccine details in public. The front of the card will have the owner’s name, vaccine type, dates of doses administered, the issuer, and the QR code. For privacy purposes, it won’t expose the full details of the vaccination card without authentication via Face ID, Touch ID, or passcode. Additionally, the vaccination card cannot be shared with other iOS devices and is not stored on the cloud.
Why People Should Store Their COVID-19 Vaccine Cards in Apple Wallet
The COVID-19 vaccination card provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is made of paper. It can be extremely fragile and is prone to loss or damage. Now that more restaurants, businesses and live event venues require proof of vaccination to be granted entry and more people are going out amid the pandemic, iPhone users can easily and securely do so by using their phone’s Apple Wallet.
Once iPhone owners have used the Health app to add vaccination records to their devices, they can easily update it after getting additional COVID-19 booster shots. Just go into the Health app and tap ‘Summary’ in the bottom-left corner of the screen. Then, under ‘Vaccination Record,’ tap ‘Add to Wallet.’ If the option is not visible, hit ‘Browse’ in the bottom-right corner of the screen. Next, tap ‘Immunizations,’ pick the immunization record type, then tap the verifiable vaccination entry with a checkmark. Finally, tap ‘Add to Wallet’ to finalize the process. Once you have items saved, verifiable health records such as immunizations or lab results can easily be viewed anytime through the ‘Browse’ option.
Many people are reaping the rewards of getting vaccinated against COVID-19, and having easy access to evidence proving their vaccination status is undoubtedly a step in the right direction. Not sure how to get started? Vaccination providers such as pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, or local health departments should be able to provide users with digital data related to their COVID-19 vaccination—give them a call to request a copy that’s compatible with an iPhone.