Some states have an app for keeping your vaccine card handy. Here's what we found
Every day, more businesses and employers require you to show your COVID-19 vaccination card, especially in San Francisco and New York, where it is mandatory for most indoor areas. The upcoming CES conference will require proof of attendance, and Yelp is keeping track of the list of restaurants as well. And with recent mandates, employers may require you to provide proof of vaccination.
The list of reasons to have your COVID-19 vaccination card on hand is quickly growing. That doesn't mean that you have to keep your printed version in your wallet all the time. Android and iOS have different methods for keeping your vaccination card. And in some states, apps are also available (more on this later). It's the easiest way to keep proof handy without running the risk of losing or damaging your card.
Here are a few ways to keep your COVID-19 vaccination card on your phone. We'll also share which states have apps or online portals you can access right now. And here's the latest on the upcoming booster shots, the pandemic' ramifications on life expectancy and vaccine hesitancy. Plus, here's the latest on Pfizer'' request for FDA approval for children to be vaccinated. This story was last updated on August 25, 2018.
These are just some of the states that have vaccination card applications.
Many states have apps that allow their citizens to store vaccine cards on their phones. California, Colorado, Hawaii, New York, and Oregon are just a few, but that's not all. Here's a list of states that have apps or web portals available.
The myColorado app requires you to create an account, verify your identity, and then download your digital driver's license to your phone. After you've completed that, you can now add your myVaccine record to the app.
Louisiana's LA Wallet app takes a similar approach to Colorado', allowing you to store your driver' license and proof of vaccination on your phone.
California's implementation requires you to complete a form to verify your identity, after which you'll receive e-mail or text message with id code and QR code link to save to your phone. When it is scanned, the code will provide evidence of vaccination. A digital copy of your vaccination history will be included in the link.
Illinois residents may use VaxVerify to show proof. The app uses Experian for identity verification.
MyIR Mobile is a mobile application used by dozens of state health departments to provide heuristics for your vaccination card. If you're in Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Dakota, Washington, West Virginia, or Washington DC, this is the app you will use.
Delaware, New Mexico, and Michigan are also using web portals to allow residents to check their vaccination status online.
We'll continue to look for states that have apps and features to store your COVID-19 vaccine card online.
Other methods to keep your vaccination card on your phone include:
If your state doesn't have an app to store your card, there are other ways to keep it on your phone. The US doesn't have a single online system or app for displaying proof of vaccination on your phone. Instead, what qualifies as proof varies by town, county, and even business.
Occasionally, doctors may require a photo of your vaccination card. To put it another way, it's a confusing mess. Please take a few minutes to study what your city, county, or state will accept as proof, as it may vary.
For example, concert producer AEG Presents will accept a "physical copy of A COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, scanned copy, or such other proof as is permitted locally."
Along with school mandates, hundreds of colleges are also requiring students and workers to be immunized. Students must be vaccinated prior to attending in-person classes, according to Seattle University, for example, through an online form that uploads photos of the front and back of their vaccination card.
Consult the business's website for more information, or contact the local health department for clarification. This will save you money, headaches, and being turned away at the door.
You can also pay with Google Pay or Apple Wallet.
If you have an iPhone ($377 at Amazon), with an iOS 15 update coming soon, you'll be able to add your vaccine card to your Apple Wallet to keep with you whenever you need to show you are fully vaccinated. (A copy of this can be saved in the Health app right now.)
You can also add your vaccine card to the Google Pay app for Android. I find myself re-informing myself each time I open Google Pay where my card is, so I added a shortcut icon to my home screen to quickly locate it.
Samsung Pay may also store it.
Samsung now allows Galaxy phone owners to add proof of vaccination to Samsung Pay, its wallet app. By having direct access to your vaccination record, you won't have to mess around creating photo albums and tapping through multiple screens to get your document to a bouncer at your local watering hole.
You'll need to download the Samsung Pay app (which is Samsung's partner) from the Google Play Store to add your card to SamsungPay. Follow the instructions in the app to verify your vaccination status. Once the app confirms you've received your shots, you will be prompted to download a Smart Health Card to Samsung Pay.
You'll then present that card to anyone who wants to see your vaccination certificate.
Or you may take a photo of your card with your phone.
Is that too much fuss? The simplest way to have a digital record of your vaccination status is to take ill health pictures and keep them on your phone. The CDC even recommends keeping a picture of your card as if it were your backup copy.
Simply open the camera app on your phone to take the photo. You can like the photo to quickly locate it, or you can store it in a notes app, folder, and somewhere that's easy to remember so you don't have to constantly scroll your camera roll to find it. Make sure you're in a well-lit area and that the card's dates and details are legible. I also recommend putting the card on a dark surface while still being aware of shadows of your arms or phone on the cardboard itself.
Here's an example of how to save your vaccination card as a new photo album. On an iPhone, open the Photos app, choose the photo you want to post and click OK. Albums of the Year Tap the home tab to open the tab and tap the next tab. + + In the top left corner there is a sign that reads "Open" followed by 'A' in the upper left. New Album, New Video, This Is It, and New Tracks, by New Music. . Give the album a name and tap on it. Save money Save time Save space Save cash Save your valuable time . Next, select the photos of your card to include them to the album.
On an Android phone, it's dependent on which app you're using, but the whole process should be the same. If you're using the Google Photos app, open it and choose the image of your vaccination card. Tap the button below to see the full menu. Menu items with three dots appear. The upper-right corner is surrounded by the "F" in the top-left corner, followed by "J" (in the bottom-most corner), followed closely by a "Y" at the end of the center. Add to Album Add an Album to album Add in Album (add to albums) Add Album Click the "" button to get started. Select a Selective Select option to select. +New album ++New CD + New album Give it a name like "Vaccination Card" and tap the checkmark button when you're done.
Another suggestion to keep your vaccination card on your phone is to store it on the shelf.
I've had a lot of readers reach out to me about this article, each offering advice and guidance on storing e-mails with proof of vaccination.
Clear, a well-known airport security service, is one such example. In fact, some concert and exhibition venues require attendees to use Clear to verify their vaccination status before attending a show. To get your health card added to your clearme.com/healthpass account, click here.
VaxYes is another service that checks your vaccination status and then adds your vaccine card to Apple Wallet. I've read that you may add your card to the Google Pay app, but after signing up and going through the process myself, I don't see the option on a Pixel 5 running Android 12.
If your municipality or employer has the CDC's Vaccine Administration Management System, you may access your vaccination records through the VAMS website. I had more than one reader ask about using this system to show proof of vaccination, but since I don't have an account, I'm unable to access a vaccination history.
Another suggestion I received from several readers is to use a scanner app on your phone and save scanned copies of your vaccination card in something like your OneDrive personal vault or iCloud photos (most of them offer some sort of secure file storage), rather than storing the photo in Google Photos or Apple's ifCloud pictures. On an iPhone, you may use the scanner that's built into the Notes app. On Android, Google's Stack PDF scanner will be enough to get the job done.
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