Learn how to put your COVID vaccine card on your phone

Online applications offered in many states allow residents to upload COVID-19 vaccine records and test results.

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Like the highly contagious omicron variant of coronavirus emerges across the US, many states require proof of vaccination, usually vaccination cards, for adults and children up to five years old to enter restaurants, gyms, movie theaters and almost all public places.

If you’re traveling for new year, carrying a readily available proof of your fully vaccinated status is more important than ever. But you don’t need to keep the printed version of your vaccination card in your wallet or purse. To avoid damage or lose your vaccination card, we recommend that you save it on your phone.

Not sure how? We’ll show you ways that you can store your vaccine card digitally, including the methods to use if you have an Android or iPhone, and we’ll help you figure out whether or not your state has a specific app.

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Putting your COVID-19 vaccination card on your phone is safer than carrying the original with you.

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What states are using immunization registry apps?

While some governors have signed orders banning so-called “vaccine passports,” many states have apps that allow residents to keep digital versions of their vaccine cards on their smartphones. Twelve states, including California, Colorado, Hawaii, New York Y Louisiana, offer SMART health cards that store vaccination records and COVID-19 test results.

Colorado residents, for example, can download the myColorado app: After creating an account, verifying your identity, and adding a digital version of your driver’s license to your phone, you can add your myVaccine record to the app. Louisiana LA Wallet app takes a similar approach, allowing you to add your driver’s license and proof of vaccination to your phone.

California requires that residents fill out a form to verify your identity, after which they will receive a text or email message with a link to a QR code that can be saved on their phone. When scanned, the code will offer proof of vaccination. The link will also include a digital copy of your immunization record.

Illinois residents can use VaxVerify, which Experian uses for identity verification.

MyIR mobile It is used by various health departments, including Arizona, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Dakota, Washington State, West Virginia, and Washington, DC.

Delaware, New Mexico Y Michigan They are also using web portals to allow residents to access their vaccination status online.

New Yorkers have two application options: Excelsior Pass application and NYC Covid Safe.

We will continue to update this feature as more states offer apps and features to store your COVID-19 vaccine card online. And note if you get a booster dose, you will need to reload your vaccination card.


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What if my state does not have an application that allows me to store my card?

If your state does not have an iPhone or Android app that allows you to store a copy of your immunization record, there are other ways to save it on your phone. However, what qualifies as valid proof can vary by state, city, county, or business.

Some venues may accept a photo of your physical vaccination card: for example, concert producer AEG Presents accepts a “physical copy of a COVID-19 vaccination record card, a digital copy of such a card, or any other locally permitted proof.” But you definitely want to find out if your city, county, or state does the same thing first.

Along with public school mandates, hundreds of private universities They also require students and employees to be vaccinated: Seattle University, which requires students to be vaccinated to attend classes in person, offers an online form for uploading photos of the front and back of their vaccination card.

When in doubt, look up information on the company’s website or call your local health department and ask for clarification. This is sure to save you time and the risk of being rejected at the door.

Can I store my card with Google Pay or Apple Wallet?

If you have an iPhone ($ 340 at Amazon), you can save your COVID-19 vaccination card at Apple wallet to present whenever you need to show that you are fully vaccinated. (You can also save a copy in the Health app.) The WatchOS 8.1 update allows you to have your card close at hand in your Apple watch.

If you have an Android, you can add your vaccination card to the Google Pay application and even add a shortcut icon to your home screen to find it quickly.

Samsung Pay can also store your vaccination record

Samsung now offers Galaxy phone owners the option of add proof of vaccination to Samsung Pay. You will need to download the CommonHealth app (Samsung Partner) on the Google Play Store and follow the instructions in the app to check your vaccination status.

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Samsung Galaxy device users can store proof of vaccination in Samsung Pay by downloading the CommonHealth app.

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Once the app confirms that you actually took the hits, you will be prompted to download a smart health card in Samsung Pay that you can show to anyone who asks you to show proof of vaccination. It’s better than having to fiddle with photo books and go through multiple screens before you can show it to a porter or maitre d ‘.

Will a photo on my vaccination card work?

The easiest way to have a digital record of your vaccination status is to take a picture of your vaccination card and save it on your phone. Even the CDC recommends keep a photo of your card as a backup.

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Taking a photo of your card (front and back) is the fastest and easiest way to store it on your phone.

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You can make the photo a favorite for quick location, or store it in a memo app, folder, or somewhere easy to remember. Make sure you are in a well-lit area and get close enough to the card so that the dates and other details are legible. Place the card on a dark surface and try to remove the shadows from your arms or from the phone itself.

Here’s a way for iPhone users to save their vaccination card as a new photo album: Open the Photos app, select the Albums tab and then touch the plus sign (+) in the upper left corner followed by New album. Give the album a name, and then tap Save money. Then select the photos from your card to add to the album.

On an Android it depends on the app you are using, but the process should generally be the same. If you are using the Google Photos application, open the application and then select your vaccination card image. Tap on the three-dot menu button in the upper right corner, followed by Add to album button. Please select + New album and give it a name like “Vaccination Card” and tap the check mark button when done.

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The Notes app on the iPhone has a built-in scanner that makes it really easy to quickly scan your vaccination card and store a copy.

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What else can I use?

I was approached by a large number of readers about this article, each of whom offered advice and guidance on how to store a proof of vaccination card.

A popular suggestion is the well-known Clear airport security service. In fact, some concert and exhibition venues require attendees to use Clear to check their vaccination status to attend a show. You can go to clearme.com/healthpass to download the app and add your card.

Vax Yes is another service that checks your vaccination status and then adds your vaccination card to your Apple Wallet. I read that you can 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 local employer uses the CDC Vaccine Management Management System, then you can use the VAMS website to access your immunization records. I have been contacted by more than one reader about using this system to show proof of vaccination, but without an account, I cannot go through the process of accessing a vaccination record.

Another suggestion I got from various readers is to use a scanner app on your phone and store a scanned copy of your vaccination card in something like your personal OneDrive vault or a password manager (almost all offer some kind of secure file storage ). to store the photo in Google Photos or Apple’s iCloud Photos. On an iPhone, you can use the scanner that integrated into the Notes app. On Android, Google’s PDF Stack scanner will be enough to get the job done.

This story will be updated as the national vaccine conversation continues. For more information on booster vaccines Pfizer, Modern Y Johnson and Johnson, make sure to read this manual.

The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical or health advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified healthcare provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health goals.

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