How to Add Your COVID-19 Vaccine Card to Apple Wallet

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Apple is making it easier for iPhone users to show proof of vaccination. The company released its iOS 15.1 software update last week and with it came the ability to keep a digital copy of your COVID-19 vaccine card in your phone's Apple wallet. (Samsung and Google offer wallet apps similar to Apple for vaccine card storage.)

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There have been other digital vaccine card solutions, but the quickest and easiest way to do it is through Apple wallet since it doesn't require a third-party app. In fact, once your vaccine card is added to the Wallet app, it can be viewed and presented at any time. You'll just need to unlock your phone to get full access to the card.

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The wallet card shows your name, which COVID vaccine you received, the dates of your doses, the health care provider, and a QR code.

Here are Apple's instructions on how to add your vaccine card to Apple wallet:

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If you received a QR code

You can scan a QR code given to you by your COVID-19 vaccination or test provider to add your verifiable health records to the Health app.

  1. Open the Camera app from the Home Screen, Control Center, or Lock Screen on your iPhone or iPod touch.
  2. Select the rear-facing camera.
  3. Hold your device so that the QR code appears in the viewfinder in the Camera app. Your device recognizes the QR code and shows a Health app notification.
  4. Tap the Health app notification.
  5. For verifiable vaccination records, tap Add to Wallet & Health to add the record to the Health app and Wallet app.
  6. Tap Done.

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If you received a downloadable file

You can download a verifiable health record given to you by your COVID-19 vaccination or test provider to add the records to the Health app.

  1. Tap the download link on your iPhone or iPod touch.
  2. For verifiable vaccination records, tap Add to Wallet & Health to add the record to the Health app and Wallet app.
  3. Tap Done.

If you have an existing verifiable vaccination record stored in the Health app

  1. Open the Health app.
  2. Tap Summary.
  3. Under Vaccination Record, tap Add to Wallet.

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