As the COVID-19 vaccine begins to be distributed in the United States, Los Angeles County has developed a new way to let residents prove they have taken the vaccine. Residents can now add COVID-19 vaccination-safe to the Apple Wallet app and Google Pay for Passes.
As reported by Bloomberg, this integration became possible thanks to a partnership between Los Angeles County and startup Healthvana, which specializes in delivering test results to patients for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and now the company does the same for COVID-19 test results.
The main idea of the virtual ticket is to use it to remind people to take the second dose of the vaccine, as well as to confirm who has already taken the two doses. However, since this ticket is easily available on your phone, it also serves as proof that you have taken the COVID-1
It will also provide recipients with a way to confirm that they have been vaccinated, which they can put in an Apple Wallet or competing Google platform “to prove to airlines, to prove to schools, to prove to whoever needs it, said Healthvana CEO. Ramin Bastani.
Last week, Los Angeles County broke its COVID-19 death record, so it is doing everything it can to distribute the vaccines “as quickly as possible,” said Claire Jarashow, director of vaccine-preventable disease control at the county’s Department of Public Health.
Of course, for those unfamiliar with technology, there is still a paper card to track the vaccines they have received. At the same time, there are some concerns that such data is stored online due to possible compromises with personal information, but Healthvana says that the company stores everything as securely as possible on Amazon Web Services servers that comply with HIPAA.
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