- Apple Wallet can soon be used to show whether you have taken the COVID-19 vaccine or not
- The feature is only available to the residents of Los Anegeles.
- The idea behind issuing a virtual ticket to the parents is to remind them to come back for the second shot.
Apple Wallet can soon be used to show whether you have taken the COVID-19 vaccine or not in Airports and other places. As per reports, then vaccination status can be stored in the Apple Wallet. Some of the countries including the UK, Canada, and the United States have already started rolling out COVID-19 vaccines.
As per a Bloomberg report, Los Angeles residents can add their vaccination proof to Apple Wallet. It was made possible because Apple has partnered with a wellness app in Healthvana, that is used to deliver COVID-19 test results. The idea behind issuing a virtual ticket to the parents is to remind them to come back for the second shot. As is known, the COVID-19 vaccination comprises of two shots and it would not be considered complete unless two shots are taken by a patient.
"We're really concerned. We really want people to come back for that second dose," Claire Jarashow, director of the vaccine and preventable disease control at the county's Department of Public Health told Bloomberg. "We just don't have the capacity to be doing hundreds of medical record requests to find people's first doses and when they need to get their second."
The secondary benefit of this ticket that it can be used as proof that you have taken a COVID-19 vaccine because it can be easily accessible on your phone. The ticket can be used at airports, grocery shops, or any public place that requires the vaccination status of an individual.
"It will also give recipients a way to verify they have been vaccinated, which they can put into an Apple Wallet or competing Google platform "to prove to airlines, to prove to schools, to prove to whoever needs it," Healthvana Chief Executive Officer Ramin Bastani was quoted as saying by Bloomberg.
Ramani revealed that all the data is stored on the Amazon Web Services' HIPAA-compliant servers. She assured me that they have made the app safe. "Personally I would feel comfortable using it, so I hope that's reassuring," she said.
The feature is only available in Los Angeles for now. There has been no information whether it will be rolled out in other American cities or not.