Do I need to show proof of vaccination? How to store a COVID-19 vaccine card on a smartphone

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As new variants of the COVID-19 virus emerge in the US, renewed efforts are being made to vaccinate more Americans.

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As of July 27, about 67% of Americans are fully vaccinated against COVID. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Last year, when the COVID vaccine became available, some local authorities as well as companies require employees to receive the vaccine in order to return to work. Even Broadway last year he made the same request to theatergoers before attending a performance.

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Of course, you can take a COVID-19 vaccine card with you to confirm this data, which not only makes it annoying to carry it around (try putting it in your wallet), but also fears that you will lose it.

Thank God we have something else in our pockets that can help: our smartphones. Here are a few ways to keep your vaccination card handy.

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To make a photo

Seriously, that’s all. If you go this route, consider putting it in a hidden album so it can’t be viewed in your library. It also avoids the awkward scenario where you have to scroll through the abyss of your camera to open a vaccine card.

On iPhone, after you take a picture of the map, tap the Share button in the Photos section and choose Hide. The image will be placed in a hidden album, which can be found by clicking “Albums” and then scrolling to the “Utilities” section.

If you are using Google Pixel or samsung galaxy smartphone, you can create locked folders to store your COVID-19 vaccination card.

Add a COVID Card to Your iPhone Wallet

If you’re using an iPhone, scanning your COVID-19 card with the Notes app improves security. To do this, start a new note, then click on the camera.

Go to Scan Document and add your card using the built-in scanner. You can then lock it with a passcode. Each time you click on a note, you will be prompted to enter a password to view it.

iPhone owners can also add COVID vaccination cards to the Wallet app. You can do this by scanning the QR code offered to the provider who gave you the vaccine. Tap the Health app notification to add data to Wallet.

You can do this manually through the Health app. by adding an entry through your provider (if available), then adding the card to Wallet.

Once in the wallet, you can pull out the card like gift cards or credit cards. It will show details such as the name, types of vaccines, and dates of doses.

Add a COVID card to your Android phone

Support for multiple healthcare providers adding a COVID card to your Android phone.

Once you’ve signed in to the relevant provider and received your vaccine information, you’ll click Save to Phone with Google Pay, even if you don’t have the Google Pay app. according to the support page from google. The page also shows you how to access your card when saved as an icon on your Android phone or the Google Pay app.

If you have an Android phone, You can download Vaccine Pass from Samsung to download and access your COVID card.

There is an app option including an Excelsior pass.

Several state governments have launched applications where users can access information about their vaccination cards. For example, for those who live in Idaho, Minnesota, New Jersey and Utah, Docket application allows residents of those states to view their vaccination status.

For New Yorkers Excelsior passage provides residents with quick access. California also has its own portal for obtaining a digital vaccination card. Detailed information on obtaining a digital vaccination card can be obtained from your local health department in your state.

Some retailers offering COVID vaccines also provide digital versions of their records, including walmart as well as CVS.

At the same time, the service VaxYes allows users to add their vaccination card information and convert it into a digital passport that can be added to wallets in Google Pay or Apple Wallet.

The company says all data is encrypted and its service is HIPAA compliant, which defines how healthcare professionals should store and protect your data.

This story was originally published on August 2, 2021..

Follow Brett Molina on Twitter: @brettmolina23.

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