Vaccine passport soon to become a reality ?
On Android devices, Google has added support for virtual COVID-19 vaccine cards. This is viewed in contrast with the recent development of ‘vaccine passport’ which can be a reality shortly.
Users can now keep digital versions of COVID-19 test results or immunisation cards on their Android smartphones, thanks to Google. The company announced on Wednesday that its Passes API has been updated, allowing developers at healthcare organisations, government agencies, and other organisations authorised by public health authorities to create digital versions of tests and vaccination cards that can be saved directly to the user's device.
The Passes API is commonly used to save boarding passes, loyalty cards, gift cards, tickets, and other items to a user's Google Pay wallet. The Google Pay app, on the other hand, will not be necessary for this instance, according to Google.
The COVID Card was created with security and privacy in mind. On the user's Android device, the COVID immunisation and test results are recorded. If a user wants to access this data on many devices, they must store it manually on each one.
Google does not save information on a user's COVID vaccination or test results. Users can choose whether or not they want to show their COVID Card to other people. Google does not share a user's COVID Card information with other Google services or third parties, and it is not used for ad targeting.
A lock screen is necessary to store a COVID Card on a device. This is for increased security and to secure the user's sensitive data. When a user wants to use their COVID Card, they'll be prompted for the password, pin, or biometric method that they use on their Android device. To find the card, go to Settings > Google > Account services > Google Pay when it has been saved on your smartphone.
You may also add a shortcut icon to your device's home screen if you find the card in the Google Pay settings. If you have the Google Pay app installed on your device, look for the COVID Card by scrolling up from the bottom of the screen.
Users without the Google Pay app can save the digital version of the COVID Card on their device and access it via a home screen shortcut. Because Google isn't retaining a copy of the card, anyone who wants to store the COVID Card on several devices will have to download it separately from each healthcare provider's or other organization's app.