Google Builds Support for Digital COVID Vaccine Maps in Android

Digital COVID Vaccine Maps

Google is opening Android’s built-in pass system, allowing Android users to store a digital vaccine card on their phones, which it calls the COVID card. This feature will initially launch in the United States and will be subject to support from healthcare providers, local governments, or other organizations mandated to distribute COVID vaccines. This feature will also support saving COVID test results.

In terms of vaccinations, your COVID map will display information about when you were vaccinated and what vaccine you received, according to Google’s support page. You can save the map from your healthcare provider’s app or website, or from text messages or emails sent to you.

Google recommends adding a shortcut to the map to your home screen and will offer this option when you save the map to your device. Google says the map will not be stored in the cloud and will not use the information you provide for advertising purposes, but says it will collect some information, such as how many times you use your map and on what days. … And you won’t need to download the Google Pay app to save and access cards.

It’s great to see that Google makes it easy for people to digitally save vaccination status on their phones, although whether you can actually use this feature or not will still depend on your healthcare provider or government. Some states, such as New York and California, have implemented their own digital vaccine maps, but Google’s version may make the process easier for other authorities.