Google opens Android’s built-in map system for Let Android users save a digital vaccination cardwho have named it a COVID card on their phone. The feature will initially be rolled out in the United States and will rely on the support of healthcare providers, local governments, or other organizations authorized to distribute COVID vaccines. The function also supports saving COVID test results.
For vaccinations, your COVID card will contain information about when you were vaccinated and what vaccine you received, according to a google support page. The card can be saved in your healthcare provider’s app or website, as well as in texts or emails sent to you.
Google recommends that you add a shortcut to the map on your home screen and will offer that option when you save your map on your device. Google says the map will not be stored in the cloud and the information you provided will not be used for advertising purposes, however it says that it collects some information, e.g. B. How often you use your card and on what days. And you don’t have to download the Google Pay app to save and access cards.
It’s good to see that Google is making it easier for people to digitally save their vaccination status on their phones. However, whether or not you can actually use the feature still depends on your healthcare provider or government. Some states like new York and California, have implemented their own digital vaccination cards, but Google’s version could streamline the process for other agencies.