Apple will soon roll out COVID vaccination cards in its Wallet app, allowing people to demonstrate proof of vaccination through their iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches.
The vaccination cards could be used by businesses or venues as a form of verification, similar to how you pull up credit cards or metro cards in the Wallet app.
With the launch of iOS 15 on Monday, users can link and store COVID-19 vaccination and test result records in the Health app. Apple has not publicly announced when the Wallet integration will be rolled out, but it will be included in an upcoming software update for iOS 15.
With iOS 15, users who link their COVID vaccination cards into the Health app should see a screen with the following information: which medical provider administered the vaccine, which vaccine they received and what dates they received each dose.
With the Wallet integration, users will see a prompt to “Add to Wallet and Health” pop up.
Once added, users can pull up a digital card in their Wallet with the vaccine information and a QR code, which merchants can scan for confirmation on their device. The confirmation will briefly show up on the merchant’s device but will not be stored on the device permanently.
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Verifying your medical records isn’t as easy as taking a photo of your vaccination card. Apple has three different ways of showing verifiable proof of COVID vaccinations.
Users can upload these records with a QR code sent by their provider, a downloadable file sent by their provider, or through a connected healthcare institution using Health Records on iPhone. They can add them to the Health app in iOS 15, and also as a vaccination card in Apple Wallet with an upcoming software update.
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Michelle Shen is a Money Tech Digital Reporter for USATODAY. You can reach her @michelle_shen10 on Twitter.