Samsung devices that support Samsung Pay can now store digital versions of users’ COVID-19 vaccination cards, through a partnership with nonprofit health organization The Commons Project, the smartphone company announced.
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, healthcare systems, and healthcare providers (not all providers are connected to the system yet). As soon as the user has access to their COVID-19 credentials in the CommonHealth app, they can add them to their Samsung Pay wallet. The Covid-19 vaccine pass will then be available on the home page of the Samsung Pay app.
Samsung Pay allows users to save their COVID-19 vaccination record to Samsung
For restaurants, schools, offices or other places that require proof of vaccination, it is not yet clear whether these electronic versions will be accepted or whether you will need to show your paper-based COVID-19 vaccination card. And Samsung Pay still has a very small market share in the mobile payments market, where Apple Pay dominates.
The COVID electronic vaccination card has taken a little slower adoption, but there has been some progress. In June, Google opened Android’s built-in badge system to allow Android users to save a digital vaccination card on their phones. It will be available in the US first and will rely on the support of health care providers or other organizations authorized to distribute COVID vaccines. And some states like New York and California have introduced their own digital vaccination cards.