Google Builds Digital COVID Vaccine Card Support Into Android

Published on August 5, 2021
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Google is using Android’s built-in passes system to allow Android to digitally store their COVID vaccine card. This new feature is meant for the US only, for now. This system will rely on support from local governments, healthcare providers, etc. The system will also store COVID test results.

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This digital COVID Card will show if you have been vaccinated or not. It will also show which vaccine you received. The card file can be downloaded from within your healthcare provider’s app or website. If they don’t have that functionality, the card file can also be texted or emailed to you.

Google has confirmed that your card will not be stored anywhere on the internet or on their servers. This is something that is locally stored on your device.

This is Google’s attempt at making it a little easier for people to use their vaccination status when they need to. Remember, it will depend on your healthcare provider and government as to whether you are actually able to use the feature.

For instance, New York and California have already implemented their own digital vaccine cards. The Google version, however, could streamline the process.

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