With a new software update, Apple has created a way to access your COVID-19 vaccination card from your phone.
Apple’s iOS 15.1 operating system allows users to add “verifiable” COVID vaccination information to the Wallet app, making it easier to provide proof of vaccination instead of carrying a physical card.
To add your vaccination information to your digital wallet:
- You’ll need a QR code or downloadable file of your vaccination listing to get started. Your iPhone also needs to be updated with iOS 15.1 software
- If you have a QR code, open the camera app and hold it over the code. When you see a notification from the Health app, tap and select “Add to Wallet & Health”.
- Using a downloadable file, go to it on your phone and tap the download link. Then select “Add to Wallet & Health”
For more information, click here.
Apple said the company could not see the vaccination card or its use. The map is only saved on the phone itself and not in the cloud.
The company added that vaccination cards cannot be shared with other users on a separate device. Once added, users will need to verify their identity with Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode.
For Android users, Google has also created a way to save vaccination information in Google Pay or Chrome. For step-by-step instructions, click on here.
If you just want to keep using your physical COVID vaccination card, what should you do if it is lost or damaged?
While the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has their logo on COVID vaccination cards, the information to print new ones is not readily available to them. Instead, state health departments and health care providers become, and this is where the search for a new card should begin.
Learn who people should contact if the CDC says they need a fresh copy of their COVID vaccination record.
health care provider
The very first step that individuals should take if they lose or damage their card, or have never received a card, is to contact the healthcare provider who gave the vaccination.
Many companies, including CVS and Walgreens, keep records of these vaccinations and can help individuals get new cards. Other providers, including hospitals that run mass vaccination clinics, may also be able to help.
Last week, the White House announced that children ages 5-11 will soon be able to get a COVID-19 vaccination at their pediatrician office, local pharmacy, and possibly even their school within a few weeks.
State information systems
If you cannot contact your doctor, your health department should be able to help through their vaccination information system. Vaccination providers are required by law to report COVID-19 vaccinations to IIS and other systems.
Illinois records can be accessed via this portal.
Indiana records for COVID-19 vaccinations are available also via an online portal.
V-Safe or VaxText
If a person needs proof of vaccination to get a second or third dose of the COVID vaccine, the V-Safe and TaxText programs can also help.
These programs, which aim to provide information about how people fared after receiving their vaccines, will also provide vaccination information for people who have signed up, according to the CDC.
When all else fails, individuals can contact your local health department Learn more about what to do if a card is lost or damaged.
Something to remember
Officials warn individuals that they may not receive a paper card to replace the lost or damaged card. Some states only issue a digital COVID vaccination certificate, but these guidelines differ from state to state and individuals should contact their health authorities for more information.