How to show proof of your Covid vaccine on your phone

Before leaving the house, don’t forget to take your phone, keys, wallet, mask and some form of Covid-19 vaccination record.

Starting August 16, New York City will require proof of vaccination for many indoor activities, such as restaurants, gyms, and events. Where I live in San Francisco, many bars require vaccination documents to enter. Yelp announced that it will allow users to filter local business listings by two new attributes: “Proof of vaccination required” and “All staff fully vaccinated.” (If you’re not vaccinated, there are other reasons to consider it, beyond this new drag on your social life.)

Your phone can already replace most of your wallet: your metro card, your credit card, your plane ticket, your hotel keys and soon even your driver’s license. It is also a great place to keep your Covid-19 vaccination record.

Digital vaccine options vary from state to state. A national passport for vaccines hasn’t taken off in the United States, so states like California and New York are taking matters into their own hands. However, it is probably not necessary to go through a state-sponsored passport application, as most establishments are likely to accept either your original CDC vaccine card or a digital scan or photo of it. this. Washington State guidelines for businesses, for example, state that “originals, copies or photographs on a mobile device are acceptable.”

In other words, before you venture out into the world, grab your vaccination card on your phone. Then check if there are other passport apps that could give you faster access to your favorite places. Here is my little guide:

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