Tech giant Samsung has announced that the Pay Wallet now has digital versions of users’ COVID-19 vaccination cards through a partnership with health care nonprofit The Commons Project.
The smartphone company stated: that users must first download the free CommonHealth app from the Google Play Store and follow the instructions to access their COVID-19 vaccine record, from participating pharmacies, health systems and healthcare providers.
Once the user has access to their COVID-19 credential in the CommonHealth app, they can add it to their Samsung Pay wallet. The Covid-19 Vaccine Pass will then be available on the homepage of the Samsung Pay app.
Senior Director of Product for Samsung Pay, Samsung Electronics America, Rob White said: “Samsung Pay simplifies transactions for millions of mobile device users. As more and more consumers use their Samsung devices as digital wallets, it is a natural extension to Covid- 19 vaccination booklets more accessible”,
“We are proud to partner with ‘The Commons Project Foundation’ on this important initiative and make life easier,” he added.
For places such as restaurants, schools, offices or other places that require a vaccination certificate, it is not yet clear whether they will accept these electronic versions or whether users will be required to show your paper COVID-19 vaccination card. And Samsung Pay still has a very small market share of the mobile payments market, where Apple Pay dominates.
Google opened its built-in Android pass system in June to help Android users work store a digital vaccination card on their phone. It will be available first in the US and will rely on support from healthcare providers or other organizations authorized to distribute Covid vaccines. And some states like New York and California have introduced their own digital vaccine cards.