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Google Pay Holds Digital COVID Certificates

Are you fully vaccinated?  You may no longer have to carry a physical certificate to prove your vaccination status. Google is now letting Android users store their COVID-19 vaccination cards on their phones. Google announced on Wednesday that it has updated its Passes API to enable a secure way to store COVID-19 vaccination cards and COVID-test results on Android phones. The feature will be rolled out for users in the United States initially, and then it will be expanded to other countries. digital Covid vaccination certificate

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Google has updated its Passes API to enable a simple and secure way to store and access COVID vaccination and test cards on Android devices. Starting today, developers from healthcare organizations, government agencies, and organizations authorized by public health authorities to distribute COVID vaccines and/or tests will have access to these APIs to create a digital version of COVID vaccination or test information. This will roll out initially in the United States, followed by other countries,” Google said in a blog.

Once a user stores the digital version of the COVID Card on their device, they will be able to access it via a shortcut on their device home screen, even when they are offline or in areas that have weak internet service. To use this feature, the device needs to run Android 5 or later and be Play Protect certified. Installing the Google Pay app is not a requirement to access COVID cards.

The COVID Card has been designed with privacy and security at its core.

  • Storing information: The user’s COVID vaccination and test information is stored on their Android device. If a user wants to access this information on multiple devices, they will need to manually store it on each device. Google does not retain a copy of the user’s COVID vaccination or test information.
  • Sharing information: Users can choose to show their COVID Card to others. The information in the user’s COVID Card is not shared by Google with its various services or third parties and it is not used for targeting ads.
  • Securing information: A lock screen is required in order to store a COVID Card on a device. This is for added security and to protect the user’s personal information. When a user wants to access their COVID Card, they will be asked for the password, pin or biometric method set up for their Android device.

Add your COVID Card to your Android device

On your Android device, you can store a digital copy of your COVID vaccination and test information as a COVID Card.

  • Your COVID Card will only be stored on the device you save it on. You can manually save it on more than one device.
  • You don’t need the Google Pay app to use this feature.
  • This feature is currently available for government and healthcare providers or authorized third parties in the US.

This feature is available in the US.

Important: This feature allows you to store and display third-party information about your COVID-19 vaccination and test information. If you think the info displayed isn’t accurate or you have any other questions about the info, contact your healthcare provider.


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Important: Your device needs to run Android 5 or above and be Play Protect certified.

When you receive your test or vaccination, you may be given instructions about how to find your test results, vaccine status, or certificate online. If you don’t have that info, reach out to the organization or healthcare provider who administered your test or vaccine.

  1. With your device, visit the website, app, email, or text from your healthcare provider.
  2. Find your COVID-19 vaccination or test information.
  3. Find and tap Save to phone. If you’re asked if you want to save with Chrome or Google Pay, choose Google Pay even if you don’t have the Google Pay app.
    • If you can’t find this option, your healthcare provider may not support this feature. You can contact them to ask.
  4. Tap Continue.
  5. If you don’t have one already, you may need to set a lock screen. This is for added security and to help protect your personal information.
    • To add your COVID card to your device, read through the consent information and tap I Agree. You’ll be asked if you want to add an icon to your home screen. To find your COVID card easier, we recommend that you create this shortcut.

Important: Your COVID card is stored locally on your device. If you want to access your COVID card on multiple devices, you will need to manually save the card on each device.

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If you added an icon to your home screen,

  1. On your device’s home screen, find the shortcut icon. You may need to swipe right through one or more home screens to find it.
  2. Tap the icon.

Delete your COVID card

You have control over how your data is used. Once you add your COVID card to your device, you can delete it any time.

  1. To find your COVID card, use the steps above.
  2. Tap your COVID card.
  3. At the top right, tap More More.
  4. Tap Remove.
  5. Optional: If you created a shortcut for your COVID card, you can delete the shortcut from your home screen as you would any app on your phone.

Important:  Your COVID card is only stored on the device you add it to. Google doesn’t keep a copy of this information. If you delete your card, your COVID-19 vaccination and test info is deleted. To add the COVID card back to your device, you’ll need to go through the steps to add it again. digital Covid vaccination certificate


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