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Samsung Pay-enabled devices can now store digital versions of users’ COVID-19 vaccination cards, thanks to a collaboration with healthcare non-profit The Commons Project. This development was recently announced by the smartphone company, according to The Verge.
To access their COVID-19 vaccine record from participating pharmacies, health systems, and health providers, users must first download the free CommonHealth app from the Google Play store and follow the instructions. However, not all providers are connected to the system yet. Users of the Samsung Pay wallet can add their COVID-19 credential to their Samsung Pay wallet once they have access to it through the CommonHealth app. The Covid-19 Vaccine Pass will then be available on the home page of the Samsung Pay app.
It’s unclear whether restaurants, schools, offices, or other places that require proof of vaccination will accept these electronic versions, or if you’ll have to show your paper COVID-19 vaccination card. Furthermore, Samsung Pay still has a very small market share in the mobile payments market, which is dominated by Apple Pay.
The electronic COVID vaccine card has been slow to gain popularity, but there has been some progress. Google opened up Android’s built-in passes system in June, allowing Android users to store a digital vaccine card on their phones. It will be available in the United States first, and will rely on support from healthcare providers or other organizations authorized to distribute COVID vaccines. In addition, some states, such as New York and California, have implemented their own digital vaccine cards.