Google and Apple are now able to store your Covid-19 vaccine passport.
ARE YOU CONSTANTLY LOSING YOUR DOCUMENTS? Thanks to an update to its popular Google Pay service for Android cellphones, Google has a solution. This is something Apple made available as an option in December 2020.
Support for COVID-19 vaccination passports has been introduced to the Android operating system and Google Pay. Yes, the latter is the same app that stores credit and debit cards and enables tap-to-pay at the checkout with your smartphone. While Google Pay has long supported store loyalty cards, such as a Boots card that allows you to earn points with your purchases, it hasn’t yet evolved into the all-encompassing app that its iPhone counterpart, named Apple Wallet, has become.
Apple’s popular Wallet app, which comes preloaded on all iPhones, can be used to store not only credit cards and loyalty cards, but also movie, train, plane, and theater tickets. When scheduling a time to pick up a new gadget on launch day, Apple Stores even provide you a ticket to use within the app.
As a result, it’s an ideal app for storing a COVID-19 vaccination passport. Not only does this eliminate the need to recall the small blue card with the batch number and date of your vaccine given to you at the vaccination center… However, when you upgrade to a new iPhone model, the proof of your vaccination will be instantly transferred. Apple Watch owners will be able to display the QR code on their wrist, just as they can with airport boarding passes, credit cards, and other cards stored in Apple Wallet.
Since the end of last year, Apple has allowed select third-party apps to add a COVID-19 vaccination passport to the Wallet app. Some cities in the United States, such as Los Angeles, have already embraced the functionality, allowing persons who have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to validate their vaccination status using a digital card in Apple Wallet. Adoption, on the other hand, hasn’t been that prevalent.
Following Apple’s lead, Google is expanding its wallet-like software, which is available on all Android phones, to assist societies in reopening during the worldwide public health crisis. A COVID-19 immunization card can now be saved and displayed in Google Pay. You’ll require proof of vaccination or a negative test when traveling internationally or attending large-scale events like the Euros 2020 at Wembley.
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