Google Pay can now save and display COVID-19 vaccination cards on Android, starting with select providers in the United States, the company announced.
The “Passes API” in Google Pay app has been upgraded to make it easier to save and display a digital card on Android that shows users’ COVID-19 test and vaccination details.
With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to rage over the globe, it’s become increasingly important in some areas to not only get your vaccine — which you should do immediately if you haven’t already — but also to be able to confirm you’ve received it.
Rather than anticipating everyone to carry around a paper card with the information, some local government agencies have begun to offer digital versions, storing the data on your phone and often with an easy-to-scan QR code.
The API has been made available to healthcare providers, government agencies, and groups that are authorized by public health authorities to dispense COVID-19 vaccinations. As a result, their developers will be able to quickly produce digital COVID-19 vaccination and test cards that users may save to their device.
You’ll be able to save the card locally on your device once your digital vaccination card provider supports the new API. Google Pay will not store your data in the cloud, share it with third parties, or use it to target adverts in order to protect your privacy.
You won’t need to use the new Google Pay app, which only allows you to be logged in from one device at a time, because the fundamental contactless payments and passes features of Google Pay are now integrated in Play Services for Android. This implies that if you choose to, you can save your COVID-19 vaccination card to multiple devices.
Instead, you can add a shortcut to your homescreen to instantly access your COVID-19 vaccination card using Google Pay. To access or share the vaccination card, you’ll need to enter your pin/password or biometrics.
The API seeks to enable a “simple and secure way to store and access COVID-19 vaccination and test cards on Android devices,” wrote Google.
“Once a user stores the digital version of the COVID Card to their device, they will be able to access it via a shortcut on their device home screen, even when they are offline or in areas that have weak internet service.”
In the visual given by Google, Healthvana, a company based in Los Angeles County, is depicted selling a COVID-19 vaccination card. You can see the essentials on the card, such as which manufacturer’s vaccine you received and when. More information, such as where you obtained the vaccine and what lot number the doses came from, can be found by tapping “Details.”
In the next weeks, Google Pay will begin offering the option to save and display COVID-19 vaccination cards in the United States, before expanding to other countries. Companies and agencies interested in offering their digital cards on Android can contact Google to enroll in the initiative.