Los Angeles County residents receiving a COVID-19 vaccination can add a digital record of their vaccination to the Apple Wallet app, reports Bloomberg.
The county is partnering with Healthvana to add vaccination security to the Wallet app on the iPhone. Healthvana is a patient platform that healthcare professionals can use to deliver COVID-19 test results to patients.
The vaccination record helps to ensure that those who have been vaccinated get their second shot in the two-dose procedure, and in the future, Bloomberg speculates that it could be used as evidence of vaccination to gain access to flights, concerts and more.
For the time being, the Wallet Vaccination Journal will notify people who have received their first shot of their second appointment to ensure that each person is fully vaccinated.
“We are very concerned. We really want people to come back for the second dose,” said Claire Jarashow, LA’s director of vaccine-preventable disease control. Bloomberg. “We just do not have the capacity to make hundreds of requests for medical records to find people’s first doses and when they need to get their second.”
Immunizations are also tracked in registries, and those who are vaccinated get a paper card, but that card is easily lost, so the Wallet app acts as more permanent evidence.
The county plans to send data to Healthvana every night, with information stored on Amazon Web Services’ HIPAA-compliant servers. Told Jarashow Bloomberg that it is as “safe as we can handle it”, and that she would “feel comfortable using it.”
As of December 22, Los Angeles had administered at least 38,850 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to healthcare professionals, long-term care residents, and paramedics.
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