Thursday, 05 August 2021 11:32

Proof of your COVID-19 vaccinations can be added to Apple Wallet and Google Pay in Australia

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If you've had your two COVID-19 vaccine jabs in Australia and want a simply way to prove your vaccinated status and inject yourself with a sense of confidence, iPhone and Android owners will be happy to know it's effortlessly easy.

Earlier this week, Services Australia announced that you could add proof of your COVID-19 vaccinations to your iPhone's Apple Wallet and your Android's Google Pay wallet.

Services Australia says that once you’ve had all required doses and your immunisation record’s been updated, you can get your COVID-19 digital certificate, using either the Express Plus Medicare mobile app or your Medicare online account through myGov

We're told that those who aren't eligible for Medicare can use the Individual Healthcare Identifiers service through myGov to get proof of vaccinations, and we're also advised our vaccination provider records vaccination details on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR), and that it can take up to 10 days to update the immunisation record.

Google has published an official blog post noting that Australians can save vaccination certificates on Android devices. 

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Here's what Samantha Yorke, the Government Affairs and Public Policy at Google Australia had to say:

"Since the onset of the COVID-19, Australia has faced many seasons and surges of the pandemic. As we continue to battle the Delta variant across multiple states, Government and health authorities are working harder than ever to test and vaccinate people – and pave the way to safely open up communities.

"To support these efforts, we’ve been working with Services Australia to give you a convenient and secure way to view, save and show your vaccination status and information, straight from your smartphone.

So, we just expanded our COVID Card feature to Australia – providing a simple, private and secure way to save and access vaccination information on Android smartphones after you’ve had your second jab. Vaccine information is only stored on your device (it is not stored by Google).

"To access your vaccination certificate, simply login to the Express Plus Medicare app or via the Medicare portal of the MyGov website and select the options to ‘View your COVID-19 digital certificate’ and ‘Save to Phone.’

"For added convenience, you can access your vaccine information even when you’re offline, which means you do not need mobile or wifi connection. If you have the Google Pay app on your Android phone, you can also access the certificate from the same place where you access your other cards and other passes.

"Every time you access your certificate, you will be asked for the password, pin or biometric method that you have set up for your Android device. If you do not have this set up on your phone, you’ll be prompted to do so to strengthen security.

"The launch of the COVID Card feature in Australia builds on the many ways we’ve been working to help authorities, businesses and Australians stay safe and informed during the pandemic.

"This includes surfacing the latest updates, health and travel advice from authorities, and giving almost $5M AUD in ad grants to the Federal Government to support these public health initiatives. We’ve provided regular updates on Search trends and launched COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports to offer local insights on the impact of social distancing.

"And to help meet the cost of the virus, we’ve offered $20M in ad credits to businesses to support their pivot to online trading during these challenging times. To keep across the latest news, check out our local COVID microsite featuring the latest updates and health resources: google.com.au/covid19.

 


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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

Alex Zaharov-Reutt is iTWire's Technology Editor is one of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

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