Samsung is making it simpler to confirm proof you’ve been vaccinated, all through your Galaxy cell phone. The tech giant has banded together with health care not-for-profit The Commons Project to safely store immunization status digitally within Samsung Pay, allowing you to get access to a bar or restaurant that expects you to show evidence you’ve gotten the shots for COVID-19.
In the wake of downloading the free CommonHealth app from the Google Play Store, go through the software’s authentication process. Once the app safely confirms your vaccination status, you would then be able to download your COVID-19 vaccination record in the CommonHealth app and add it to Samsung Pay. When the Smart Health Card is downloaded, it tends to be displayed at restaurants, bars, airports, or different places that require confirmation of vaccination, as well as be safely shared through a QR code.
The feature will be accessible to all Galaxy cell phones that help Samsung Pay before the current week’s over. That incorporates virtually all Galaxy S gadgets since 2015’s Galaxy S6, the Note lineup since 2015’s Note 5, all of Samsung foldables, and its Galaxy A series, including the A32 5G and A50. Samsung Pay is additionally accessible on certain Samsung smartwatches.
“As more and more consumers use their Samsung devices as a digital wallet, it is a natural extension to make COVID-19 vaccination records more easily accessible,” Rob White, senior director of product for Samsung Pay at Samsung Electronics America, said in a proclamation.
A large part of the US – and different countries throughout the world – returned in the late spring and early summer, yet the surge of the highly infectious delta strain is presently making a few associations and governments shift intends to prevent infections. Tech giants like Apple and Google have pushed back their profits to office, and many organizations are presently requiring their representatives to be vaccinated. Masks are again required indoors in many places, and a few cities, including New York and San Francisco, require residents and guests to show confirmation of vaccination to enter restaurants, bars, gyms, and other businesses.
The COVID-19 vaccination cards given to Americans are flimsy and are strangely sized for wallets. For certain individuals, it makes the most sense to carry a photograph of the card or access another verification through a phone. That is the place where Samsung’s new push comes in.
Storing the record in Samsung Pay should give clients fast access to their vaccination records. Samsung launched Samsung Pay, its mobile payments service for its cell phones and wearables, in 2015. The thought was for clients to pay for items by waving their Galaxy gadget close to a store’s checkout register as opposed to swiping a credit card. Since that time, Samsung Pay has enabled clients to add loyalty cards, get cashback for making certain buys and take advantage of promotions. Last year, Samsung even presented its own debit card with SoFi and Mastercard.
The Commons Project – with its CommonHealth and CommonPass apps – is one confirmed, secure way for individuals to store verification of vaccination on their cell phones. Other applications that offer a similar service incorporate Clear (which is most popular for its offering that fast-tracks individuals through airport security) and New York’s Excelsior Pass.
iPhone clients should delay until iOS 15 becomes available this fall to easily store their vaccination and lab data in Apple’s Health app. Meanwhile, there are workarounds for getting simple access to vaccination records on an iPhone, for example, installing apps like GoGetDoc’s YaxYes that allowed you then, at that point to save the record in the Apple Wallet.
How to add COVID-19 vaccination records to Samsung Pay:
- Download the CommonHealth app from the Google Play store and follow the directions to check your vaccine record.
- When you access the COVID-19 vaccine record in the CommonHealth app, click the “Add to Samsung Pay” link.
- Open Samsung Pay and click “COVID-19 Vaccine Pass” from the homepage.