Apple is planning to add COVID-19 vaccination cards to its Wallet app
In an upcoming software update, Apple aims to integrate support for “verifiable health records,” such as COVID-19 vaccination cards, to its Wallet payments and identification app.
The Health app was updated with iOS 15 to enable medical records that meet with the SMART Health Cards specification produced by the Boston Children’s Hospital Computational Health Informatics Program, according to the company’s developer website. Wallet, which comes pre-installed on every iPhone and Apple Watch, will soon receive those records.
Users will be able to “choose to add verifiable COVID-19 vaccination records as a vaccination card in Apple Wallet to present to businesses, venues, and more.” in the near future, according to Apple. Developers will be able to “use a new button to let users know that they can securely download and store their vaccination information in the Health app and quickly add and present it from Wallet.” according to the brand.
This is part of Apple’s ongoing effort to expand Wallet’s capabilities beyond payments. Since its launch, Apple Pay has been more than just a front-end for the service, but with the release of iOS 15, it can now be used to access public transportation, save student IDs, manage digital car keys, and handle government-issued IDs in participating states.
Apple hasn’t said when the update that will add verifiable health records functionality to Wallet will be released, but MacRumors claims it will come with iOS 15.1’s release.