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Google To Support COVID-19 Digital Vaccination Cards.

Google To Support COVID-19 Digital Vaccination Cards.

Google is all set to contribute its part in this global pandemic by building a new update that supports Digital Vaccination Cards.

The company on Wednesday announced that it’s updating the Passes API (Application Programming Interface). The Passes API are generally used to store boarding passes, loyalty cards, gift cards, tickets, and more to users’ Google Pay wallet. However, you won’t need a Google Play account to access this feature.

This update will allow developers at healthcare organizations, government agencies, and other organizations authorized by public health authorities the ability to create digital versions of tests and vaccination cards that can be saved directly to Android Smartphone devices. Google is naming it as COVID CARD on to the phones.

According to Google Developer’s Blog,

Google has updated its “Passes API” to enable a simple and secure way to store and access COVID vaccination and test cards on Android devices. Starting today, developers from healthcare organizations, government agencies, and organizations authorized by public health authorities to distribute COVID vaccines and/or tests will have access to these APIs to create a digital version of COVID vaccination or test information.

Example COVID Cards from Healthvana, a company serving Los Angeles County

Once a user stores the digital version of the COVID Card to their device, they will be able to access it via a shortcut on their device home screen, even when they are offline or in areas that have weak internet service.

In the above example, the card shows some information about the health care provider with the organization’s logo on top. Apart from that, an individual’s name, number of vaccination doses including dates, and vaccine manufacturer is also stored in that COVID CARD. It looks just like a physical vaccination card stored digitally.

According to Google Support document, healthcare providers or organizations could also alert/notify the users by providing emails, texts, mobile websites, or app and you can store a digital copy of your COVID vaccination and test information as a COVID Card on your Android device. Your COVID Card will only be stored on the device once you save it. You can also manually save it on multiple devices.

For this feature to work, you’ll be required a minimum of Android 5 version or above to access this feature on your device and it must be Play Protect Certified which’s basically a license that ensures the device is running real Google Apps. The feature will currently roll out in the US and further, it will be followed by other countries.

The department that has been affected badly by this pandemic is the global chip shortage that has affected badly the department of technology. However, according to US President Joe Biden and multiple CEOs from different companies, it’s expected to end in 2022.

Google is also set to spend a hefty amount of $7 Billion to expand its network of offices in the United States, which would create 10,000 new jobs in the country to overcome the job crisis created by this pandemic.

Some other US states like New York and California have introduced their own Digital Vaccination Cards but Google’s version could be used more efficiently and a few months later, it will be used globally.

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Written by Hammad Khalid

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