Welcome to our dystopian hellscape where you may soon have to flash your Apple Wallet every time you try to walk into an airport to prove you got it Covid-19 vaccination.
According to a current Bloomberg reportThis is the reality facing residents of Los Angeles, where they have recently partnered Apple and wellness app Healthvana could soon mean vaccination protocols will be offered digitally to (hopefully) create incentives for people to vaccinate themselves. Since the virus that causes Covid-19 requires a two-shot dose, logically storing the first shot could logically help people to be deleted immediately for their second shot – and could eventually serve as evidence that a person trying to gain access to a grocery store or concert venue has been vaccinated.
Los Angeles recently broke its own record for deaths and hospitalizations at the age of 19, and health officials have been keen to “put a vaccine payment plan in place as soon as possible,” said Claire Jarashow, director of vaccine and preventable disease control for the county Department of Public Health.
While vaccines are officially recorded in registers and patients are given paper tracking cards, Jarashow said health officials also saw an advantage in giving patients access to their digital records, which are additionally being added Advantage of being harder to misplace.
“We are really concerned. We really want people to come back for that second dose, ”Jarashow told Bloomberg. “We’re just unable to make hundreds of medical records inquiries to find people’s first doses and when to get their second.”
Although some patients are likely to be cautious about handing over their protected medical care Dates to some Ramin Bastani, CEO of Healthvana, claims the company stores its data on Amazon Web Services’ HIPAA-compliant servers, which it said makes the app “as secure as possible” Jarashow.
“Personally, I would be comfortable using it, so I hope that’s comforting,” she added.
Healthvana is also in talks with concert venues, employers and schools in Los Angeles County about applying this technology, according to Bloomberg –“Anyone who has a large number of people interacting with them,” says Bastanialthough he adds that He is skeptical that the app will de facto determine your vaccination status.
“It’s not going to be like a credit card that you can use in the US,” said Bastani says. “Sometimes you can pay cash, sometimes you can use your Apple Wallet.”