(KTLA) – Currently, there is no single official way to keep a copy of your vaccination card on your smartphone, but there are several methods to keep it easily accessible in digital form.
Taking a photo is the easiest, but scanning it is a bit better.
On iPhone, use the Notes app to create a new note. Next, tap the camera icon above the keyboard and choose the option to scan documents.
When you are done scanning the front and back sides, swipe the note from left to right. This will reveal a way to ‘pin’ it to the top of your notes list for easy access later.
On Android, search for the Drive app. It must be preinstalled on your phone. Long press the app icon to display a shortcut for “Scan”.
Once you are done scanning your card, tap the three dots in the upper right corner of the note to display some options. Tap “Make available offline”. This will download the note to your phone so that you can access it even without a data connection. Finally, tap on the “Add to Home Screen” option. This will give you a shortcut on your home screen for quick access.
If you want a more digital version of your card, including a scannable QR code, check with your state. New York has the Excelsior Pass app. The California Department of Health allows you to request a digital copy of your immunization record. I submitted my information and within seconds I received an SMS on my phone with a copy of the QR code from my vaccination card. You can then import it into an app like CommonPass, which I’ll explain in more detail below.
A service called VaxYes will give you a free digital vaccine passport for your phone. Just submit a snapshot of your vaccination card and the site uses artificial intelligence and state records to validate your information.
The Clear app (typically used to bypass long security lines at the airport) has a feature that lets you create a digital vaccine card with your photo. No subscription is necessary.
If you are not comfortable uploading your card or ID, check with the health care provider who gave you your injection. Carbon Health, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and many more participate in the Smart Health Card standard. Once they provide you with a QR code recording of your shot, you can import it into an app called CommonPass.
CommonPass is free and displays an easy-to-read, scannable vaccine card with all relevant information and the company promises no tracking. I just wish you could import it into Google Pay or Apple Wallet.
Samsung recently announced that it is working with CommonPass to allow people to import their digital vaccination card into Samsung Pay, with the feature rolling out over the next two weeks. Hope to see support for Apple Wallet and Google Pay soon.
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