Support will depend on the vaccine provider
Google is opening up its built-in pass system to allow Android users to store a digital vaccine card on their phone, which they call a covid card. This feature will initially exist in the United States and will depend on the healthcare provider, the local government, or other organizations authorized to distribute the covid vaccine. The feature will also support archiving covid test results.
For vaccinations, according to the Google Courts page, your Covid card will show you when you were vaccinated and what vaccines you received. This card can be saved from your healthcare provider’s app or website, as well as text or email sent to you.
Google recommends that you add a shortcut to the card on your home screen and provide options when you save your card to your device. Google says that the card will not be saved to the cloud and will not use the information you provide for advertising purposes, but says how often you use your card and on what days it collects some information. And you don’t need to download the Google Pay app to save and access the card.
It’s good to see that people are making it easier to digitally save the status of vaccines on their phones, whether or not you’re really able to use this feature will depend on your healthcare provider or government. Some states, such as New York and California, have implemented their own digital vaccine cards, but Google’s version may make the process easier for other authorities.