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Need to show proof of vaccination? How to store a COVID-19 vaccine card on your smartphone

As new variants of the COVID-19 virus emerge in the United States, a new effort is being made to get more Americans vaccinated.

As of July 27, about 67% of Americans have been fully vaccinated against COVID, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Last year, with the availability of the COVID vaccine, several policies were introduced by some local governments and companies require employees to be vaccinated to return to work. Even Broadway made the same request last year to concertgoers before attending a performance.

Of course, you can bring the COVID-19 vaccination card verifying these details with you, which not only brings the annoyance of carrying it everywhere (try putting it in a wallet), but the fear of losing it.

Thank goodness we have something else in our pockets that can help us: our smartphones. Here are some ways to keep your vaccination card handy.

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To take a picture

Seriously, that’s it. If you go this route, consider putting it in a hidden album so it can’t be viewed from your library. It also avoids the awkward scenario of having to scroll through the chasm of your camera roll to pull out your vaccine card.

On an iPhone, after taking a photo of your card, go to the Share button on Photos, then select Hide. The image will be placed in a hidden album which you can find by tapping on Albums and then scrolling down to Utilities.

If you use a Google Pixel Where Samsung Galaxy smartphone, you can create locked folders to store your COVID-19 vaccine card.

Add the COVID card to your iPhone wallet

If you’re using an iPhone, scanning your COVID-19 card using the Notes app adds a bit more security. To do this, start a new note and then tap the camera.

Go down to Scan a document and add your card with the integrated scanner. You can then choose to lock it with a password. Each time you tap on the note, you will be asked to enter an access code to view it.

iPhone owners can also add COVID vaccine cards to the Wallet app. You can do this by scanning a QR code offered to the provider who gave you the vaccine. Tap the Health app notification to add details to Wallet.

You can do this manually through the Health app adding the record through your provider (if available), then adding the card to Wallet.

Once in Wallet, you can withdraw the card like you would gift cards or credit cards. It will display details such as name, vaccine types and dose dates.

Add a COVID map to your Android phone

A handful of healthcare providers add a COVID map to your android phone.

When you connect to the appropriate provider and retrieve your vaccine information, you press “save to phone” with Google Pay even if you don’t have the Google Pay app, according to a Google support page. The page also explains how to access your card if you save it as an icon on your Android phone or in the Google Pay app.

If you have an Android phone, you can download Samsung’s Vaccine Pass to download and access your COVID map.

There is the option of application including the Excelsior pass

Several state governments have launched apps where users can access their vaccination card information. For those living in Idaho, Minnesota, New Jersey and Utah, for example, the Folder app allows residents of these states to see their vaccination status.

For New Yorkers, the Excelsior pass provides residents with quick access. California also has its own portal for obtaining a digital vaccine card. Check with your local state health department for details on receiving a digital vaccine card.

Some retailers that offer COVID vaccines are also providing digital versions of their records, including walmart and SVC.

Meanwhile, the service VaxYes allows users to add their vaccination card information and turn it into a digital passport that can be added to wallets on Google Pay or Apple Wallet.

The company claims that all data is encrypted and that its service is HIPAA compliant, which governs how healthcare professionals must store and protect your data.

This story was originally published on August 2, 2021.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: How to Add Your COVID Vaccination Card to Your Android, iPhone Wallet