Apple Users Will Soon Be Able To Add COVID Vaccination Cards To Apple Wallet

Apple Users Will Soon Be Able To Add COVID Vaccination Cards To Apple Wallet

Thanks to the many features of the iOS 15 upgrade, iPhone users will soon be able to have their COVID-19 vaccination cards linked to their Apple Wallet, USA Today reports.

Businesses and venues will use this as a verification method for places that require vaccination cards for entry.

According to Fox 5, an Apple spokesperson confirmed that the option to add the vaccination cards to the iPhone isn’t available yet, but it will be “in an upcoming update.”

At the moment, users can add their vaccination status to the health app and share it with third-party apps. 

“Users can choose to share verifiable health records stored in the Health app with approved third-party apps requesting this information, like airlines, event venues, and other businesses that facilitate in-person interactions,” the Apple developer blog wrote.

But soon, adding your vaccination cards will be as simple as adding to “Wallet and Health” with the integration.

According to USA Today, a user will be able to “pull up a digital card in their Wallet with the vaccine information and a QR code.” Merchants will then be able to scan for confirmation on the device, which won’t be stored permanently on the merchant’s device but will briefly show up after being verified.

There are three ways to show verifiable proof of COVID-19 vaccinations: Users can upload records with a QR code from the provider, download a file from the provider “or through a connected healthcare institution using Health Records on iPhone,” USA Today also reports.

This comes as many cities across New Orleans, NY, and San Francisco require those who choose to attend indoor or outdoor events to show proof of COVID vaccinations.

Recent reports show that Los Angeles County will soon require proof of vaccination as well.

“Los Angeles County is planning on issuing a new health officer order later this week that will require proof of vaccination for indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs, and lounges. The order will also require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test for outdoor mega-events, including Dodgers, Rams, and Chargers games.”

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