Google Wallet was announced during the Google I/O conference in May, to be an alternative to the old Google Pay app. The primary goal was to replace your physical wallet with something digital. In line with that, Google Wallet is able to hold your bank cards, boarding passes, loyalty memberships, vaccine records, and eventually even your identity.
While the latter is not yet rolled out to users – due to nationwide collaboration – most of the other features are available for use. This includes COVID-19 vaccination cards.
During the launch of the COVID-19 vaccines, the CDC was providing a piece of paper with your snapshots that would contain your vaccine dose information and date of administration. Unfortunately, this vaccine card was larger than the average wallet and required a fold to hold it.
This is one area where having a digital wallet shines. With Google Wallet, users can add a secure digital copy of their COVID-19 Vaccine History Card that has been certified as official. This is done through a few different outlets that are available in several regions around the world.
Here is a list of where COVID-19 Vaccine Cards are available in Google Wallet:
- New Zealand
- Spain (Murcia region only)
- United kingdom
- United State
Do I qualify for an official digital vaccination card?
Just as with state-issued ID cards, not every region in the contiguous United States is readily willing or able to adopt official digital vaccine cards. This means that only a handful of countries actually provide official digital copies of their COVID-19 vaccination records.
Outside of that, there are a few other programs that offer digital vaccine cards. Additional options are limited to the programs that health care providers use. If you don’t belong to one of them, you probably won’t be able to add an official Vaccine Record Card to your Google Wallet.
Here is a list of countries and providers in the United States that offer official COVID-19 vaccine cards:
- Illinois Department of Public Health
- California State
- Oregon Health Authority
- Virginia Department of Health
- Washington State Department of Health
- Beth Israel Lahi Health
- health care change
The only provider that will likely make it easier for a lot of users to add their COVID-19 vaccine card to Google Wallet is Walgreens. Unfortunately, this appears to be the only nationwide official for vaccines on this list.
How to add a COVID-19 Vaccine Card to Google Wallet
Because there are so many different providers of vaccination cards, it is almost impossible to collect instructions for each individual. However, we can use an example to add a Walgreens COVID-19 vaccine card to Google Wallet, which will give a good idea of how adding one to Google Wallet works.
Here’s how to add a COVID-19 vaccine card to Google Wallet:
- On your Android device with Google Wallet, head over to Google’s list of vaccine card providers.
- Click on the provider you used to get your vaccinations.
- NB: In this case, we’ll use Walgreens.
- sign in using your provider credentials.
- In the case of Walgreens, you have to do Create a QR Code In order to download your COVID-19 Vaccine Card. You will generally be asked to do this through the application you are using.
- You agree to the terms Allow the creation of an electronic signature.
- NB: This is necessary for Google Wallet to access vaccine information.
- He hits Save to phone.
- Google Wallet will ask if you want to continue, which you tap on Complete.
- agree for the aforementioned conditions.
- Google Wallet will generate your vaccination card. He hits View in Wallet.
We were also able to test the California Digital Vaccine Card program, which requires not a login but your name and date of birth. You also need to provide an email or phone number and create a four-digit PIN that you can easily remember. Once you agree to the terms, you will receive a text message or email with a link to complete the steps in the Google Wallet app.
Again, these processes may differ slightly between providers, although in general, the steps handled on the Google Wallet side should still be very similar.
Once completed, a digital COVID-19 vaccine card will be available in your Google Wallet for you to use if needed. Something to note is that this COVID-19 vaccine card is saved locally, which means you’ll have to create a new card or download it again if you switch devices.
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