With the rollout of iOS 15, Apple added the ability to store verifiable COVID-19 vaccination information as a tidy card in your Health app and Apple digital wallet. If you’re tired of keeping track of that pesky index card but aren’t quite ready to store your vaccine record in a microchip implant just yet, having a digital record just a few clicks away on your iPhone 13 just might be the perfect middle ground.
More official than taking a quick photo of your vaccination record, this method gives you quick access to a verifiable record digitally signed by a vaccine or test results provider. Verifiable medical records are checked in the Health app. Of course, that doesn’t mean everyone will accept your iPhone app’s vaccination record. We recommend that you keep your physical copy nearby in case anyone is unaware of the legitimacy of this process.
How to add your vaccination record to your Apple Wallet
Before you begin, make sure your iPhone is updated to iOS 15.1 or later.
You will also need access to a digital version of your vaccination record. Accessing a downloadable file or QR code for this information will differ depending on where you were vaccinated and the provider who administered the vaccine. You may have received additional documents from your vaccine provider – instructions for accessing an online portal or some kind of additional folder with a QR code. If you have something like that, you’re set.
If you’ve never accessed your digital immunization record before and don’t have the tools listed above, visit your state’s health department website to learn more about accessing your record. vaccination. You can also contact your vaccine provider or insurance company directly and they should be able to share instructions.
- The easiest way to add your digital vaccination record to your iPhone is to use a QR code. You should be able to find a QR code somewhere in your records.
- Then just open the camera app and point to the QR code. Yellow brackets will appear around the QR and a shortened URL will appear below the code. Tap this URL.
- Once you scan the QR code, your immunization records should immediately appear on your screen and you’ll be prompted to add them to your Health app and Apple Wallet. Tap the blue button that says “Add to Wallet & Health”.
- Now that your vaccination record has been added to your iPhone, you can access it in two ways. To see your record in your Apple Wallet, quickly press the power button twice and scroll through your existing credit cards and passes to find your vaccination card. You can also find your immunization information in the Health app by tapping “Browse,” finding “Health Records” in the menu, and tapping “Immunizations.”
These records are not updated automatically in any way, so you will need to manually add new records, such as a COVID-19 vaccine reminder. If you want to remove health records from your Apple account, just find the specific folder in your Health app, scroll to the bottom of the menu, and choose Remove. You can always add these records again later.