The citizens of the European Union will not need to go to the official applications of their respective states to certify the vaccination records, but they will be able to do it directly with the ‘wallet’ of the iPhones, called ‘Cartera’, or with the Health application of the platform of the Apple. The novelty is part of the iOS 15 update package, already available among residents of the European continent and the United Kingdom.
According to Apple sources, “users in the European Union can now safely download and store COVID-19 vaccination records, laboratory results and recovery from the disease in the Health app.” At the same time, and in the event that they approve it in their respective privacy forms, users can also share this data with third-party apps, ensuring the protection of their privacy.
At the same time, Apple has made it possible for COVID-19 vaccination cards in the Wallet app to be compatible with the EU Digital COVID Certificate format. “Once added to the Wallet app, users can access and present their vaccination card at any time. In addition, it can be verified by a third party for registration through a compatible app,” they explain from the company.
According to the same statement, the health records issued by the administrative authorities of each autonomous community, region or country “are stored on the device and are encrypted with the user’s iPhone access code, Touch ID or Face ID when they are stored in the Health app, so that the complete details of the vaccination card in the Wallet app will not be visible until the user identifies himself with Face ID, Touch ID or the access code”.
Users who have the QR code, provided by the COVID-19 screening or vaccination test provider, must follow these steps:
1. Open the Camera app from the Home screen, Control Center, or Lock screen of your iPhone or iPod touch.
2. Select rear camera.
3. Hold the device so that the QR code appears in the viewfinder of the Camera app. The device recognizes the QR code and displays a notification from the Health app.
4. Tap the Health app notification.
5. To save verifiable immunization records, you must tap “Add to Wallet” and Health to add the history to the Health and Wallet apps.
6. Press OK.
Alternatively, users who have received a downloadable history should tap the download link on their iPhone or iPod touch. Then, to save verifiable vaccination records, you must press “Add to Wallet and Health” to add the history to the Health and Wallet apps.
To view the previously downloaded and stored certificate, simply open the Health app and press Explore. Next, you must access ‘Vaccinations’ or ‘Laboratory results’ to click on the verifiable clinical history that you want to view. As required, the verifiable medical history of the Health app “contains information such as name and surname, date of birth, the vaccine administered or the test performed, as well as the QR code associated with that verifiable medical history,” they indicate from Apple .