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How to store your COVID vaccination records and test results on your iPhone

In light of the COVID pandemic, society has become stricter on sanitary measures. Some public places now require proof of vaccination or negative tests before you are allowed to enter.

Avoid rummaging through your bag to find your immunization records and test results by keeping them all safe on your iPhone. We’ll show you how to do it below.

What is an auditable test record?

Verifiable test record is Apple’s term for SMART Health Cards. These are digital copies of your clinical information, including vaccination records and clinical test results. This makes your health records easily accessible on your iPhone when you need them.

Verifiable records are similar to paper documents with official seals. Records downloaded in this verifiable format to your device are digitally signed by a test result or vaccine supplier.

Related: Best COVID vaccine apps for proof of vaccination

What do you need for verifiable test records?

You must be running at least iOS 15.1 to use these features. Specifically, you can store the following verifiable records on specific apps on your device:

  • COVID-19 vaccination record and records of test results in the Health app
  • COVID-19 vaccination record in the Apple Wallet app

These verifiable records are checked in the Health app to indicate that the original record has not been modified since it was created.


How to Add a Vaccination Card to Your Apple Wallet

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Adding a vaccination card to your Apple Wallet can be done in several ways:

1. Via a QR code

If you received a QR code from your COVID-19 test or vaccination provider, you can add these health records to the respective apps on your phone. Just follow these steps:

  1. Use your phone to scan the QR code. You can use your iPhone’s QR scanner from the Control center or the Camera application.
  2. Your app should recognize the QR code and show you a Health app notification. Press it.
  3. If you scanned a QR code for verifiable test records, tap Add to wallet and health to be stored on both applications.

Related: How to use the COVID Tracker on your iPhone

In addition to a QR code, your healthcare provider may have sent you a link containing a downloadable file of these recordings.

  1. Simply tap the download link using your iPhone or iPod touch.
  2. Tap the notification to add it to your Health & Wallet app.

How to move an existing immunization record from health to wallet

You may already have an existing immunization record in the Health app if you clicked a link, scanned a code, or got it through your healthcare provider, who added your record to your device.

You can use your existing verifiable COVID vaccine record stored in your Health app and save it to Wallet. To do this:

  1. Open Health.
  2. Press the Summary tab at the bottom left of the screen.
  3. Below Vaccination recordselect Add to portfolio.
  4. If you don’t see this option, tap Browse and seek Immunizations. Tap the immunization record type, then select verifiable immunization record with a check mark. Faucet Add to portfolio.

Vaccination cards in Apple Wallet

Now that your vaccination record is saved on your device, you can use Apple Wallet to access it to flash your proof of vaccination to merchants, establishments and authorities.

The vaccination record shows the following details:

  • Your name
  • Your type of vaccine
  • Date(s) Dose(s) Administered
  • The vaccine issuer
  • QR Code

Vaccination card on iPhone

For security reasons, your device will not display all of your vaccination card details until you authenticate with your passcode, Face ID or Touch ID.

If you have an Apple Watch paired to your iPhone, you can also access your card through your Apple Watch. However, note that you cannot share your vaccination record with other users.

How to present a vaccination card

If you have an iPhone with Face ID, just double-click the side button. If your iPhone has a Home button, double-click it instead. In the Wallet pile, tap on the vaccination card. You may be prompted to authenticate with Face ID, Touch ID, or your password.

Present the QR code to the code reader. You may also be required to show photo ID, such as your driver’s license or passport, to verify your identity.

Related: What is a vaccine passport and how does it work?

How to remove a vaccination card from Apple Wallet

You can remove your vaccination card from your wallet at any time. To do this:

  1. Go to Wallet.
  2. Tap on the vaccination card.
  3. To choose Delete pass.

Deleting it from your wallet does not delete the medical record from your Health app. However, deleting this would remove the recording from a paired Apple Watch.

How to Add Verifiable Health Records

Most of the time, you will also need to show recent COVID-19 vaccination test results. You can store them in your Health app via a QR code or a downloadable link depending on where you received them.

Related: How to Add Your Official Medical Records to the iPhone Health App

If the health care provider that tested you supports Verifiable Health Records and Health Records on iPhone, you can connect to your provider in the Health app. Once you have done this, all of your available verifiable health records will be uploaded to your app.

If the health care provider does not support it, you may not be able to get these records on your iPhone.

How to View Your Verifiable Health Records on the Health App

You can view your verifiable health records on Health at any time. Open the Health app, press the Browse tab and select Immunizations Where Health records. Select the verifiable record you want to view.

These records usually show your name, date of birth, vaccine or tests performed, and the QR code associated with the health record.

Share a verifiable test recording

Apple allows you to share verifiable test recordings with certain approved third-party apps. When apps request access to your health records, you have full control over which health records to share.

More importantly, apps won’t have ongoing access to your health records. These recordings will only be shared once with the app.

As these are in a verifiable format, you can share these recordings with third-party applications used by businesses and event venues. These facilities use these apps to check if your record was issued by a vaccine or lab test provider and to make sure it hasn’t been altered since it was issued.

Keep your records close

The digital age has made everything much more accessible, including our health records. This not only improves the effectiveness of safety and health measures, but it also saves us from having to carry essential documents inside our bags every time. That said, you should make sure your iPhone is secured with Face ID, Touch ID, or a one-time passcode to protect your data.

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