Apple Wallet is getting verifiable COVID-19 vaccination cards
There's a real chance you'll need proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter certain venues, and Apple hopes it can save you the hassle of digging up an email or carrying a physical card in your pocket. The company is bringing verifiable COVID-19 vaccination cards to Wallet as part of a future iPhone software update. The feature uses the international SMART Health Cards standard (already in use in several states) to generate a vaccination record, sign it with a private key, and generate a public key to verify your information.
With the recently released iOS 15, you can save verifiable vaccination and test results according to the same standard in the Health app. You can get your records through QR codes, downloadable files, or healthcare providers using health records on iPhone.
Apple promises strict data protection for all of 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 to another location. The tech giant also can't see your vaccination card or how you used it. You can share information with "approved" third-party apps, but only once.
Apple didn't say when the map update might be released. This will not excite you if you are concerned about the concept of sharing your vaccination status with a concert venue or restaurant. However, it should at least streamline the process - important if you're already late for a show.
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