Chances are you need proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to visit certain places, and Apple hopes this can save you the hassle of digging up an email or a physical map in your bag to wear. The company is bringing verifiable COVID-19 vaccination cards to Wallet as part of a future iPhone software update. This feature will use the international standard of SMART Health Cards (already used in several states) to provide proof of vaccination, sign it with a private key and create a public key to verify your information.
With the recently released iOS 15, you can already store verifiable vaccination and test results in the Health app with the same standard. You receive your records via QR codes, downloadable files, or healthcare providers who use health records on the iPhone.
Apple promises strict privacy for all your data. The company does not have access to your imported or shared records, and all information must be encrypted and stored securely when transferred elsewhere. The tech giant also can’t see your vaccination card or how you used it. You can only share information with ‘approved’ third-party applications, but only once.
Apple did not say when it could release the card update. It will not excite you if you are anxious about the idea of sharing your vaccination status with a concert venue or restaurant. However, it should at least streamline the process – important if you are already late for a show.
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