Tech Savvy: How to keep a digital copy of proof of vaccination
Many places such as bars and restaurants, especially in travel destinations such as New York City, are requiring customers to provide proof of vaccination. But for those who don’t want to carry their paper-based vaccination card or worry about losing one, there are digital alternatives.
Prone to losing things? Don’t lose your mind trying to find a paper copy of your proof of COVID-19 vaccination card when there’s an easier way to keep a record with you.
There are many ways to keep a digital copy of your vaccination card on your smartphone, which will come in handy as many restaurants, gyms and event venues may need proof of vaccination to enter those establishments or return to work after working remotely during the pandemic.
New York City and San Francisco are requiring proof of vaccination for many indoor activities, some of which include working. Delta Air Lines will begin charging, for example, its unvaccinated workers enrolled in its health care plan $200 a month starting in November.
"The average hospital stay for COVID-19 has cost Delta $50,000 per person. This surcharge will be necessary to address the financial risk the decision to not vaccinate is creating for our company," Delta CEO Ed Bastian said in a memo to employees.
A day after the Pfizer vaccine was given full approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Ohio State University mandated its students and faculty members be vaccinated.
"You’ll continue to hear that message of support for vaccinations a lot from our department, the university and Columbus Public Health because it is a key component to having a full stadium in the fall," Gene Smith, Ohio State athletic director, said in a statement.
The FDA on Monday granted full approval to the Pfizer vaccine, which many speculate will encourage more businesses to mandate their employees be vaccinated as a condition of their employment. Essentia Health has such a mandate..
“While some places may accept a picture of your vaccination card, others may require you to use an app that's been implemented at the state level. … Requirements vary, based on locale and company,” according to CNET, a website focused on technology and consumer electronics.
Taking a smartphone photo of your vaccination card is the most obvious, easiest and quickest way to keep a record of your vaccination status or a backup copy of your card because most people have their mobile devices with them nearly everywhere they go these days.
A photo-taking tip to keep in mind includes storing the picture in a notes app, a folder or somewhere else that is easy to find without having to endlessly scroll through the smartphone’s camera roll of recorded pictures to locate the photo of the vaccination card.
For those not confident in their photo-taking skills, another option is to use a scanner app to scan the vaccination card and make a copy of it. There a scanner that's built into the Notes app on the iPhone whereas the Google's Stack PDF scanner on an Android phone does the equivalent.
Follow the prompts in the app to verify your vaccination status. Once the app confirms you have been vaccinated, you will be prompted to download a Smart Health Card to Samsung Pay, which can be displayed to those requesting proof of vaccination.
Most important will be knowing whether a business or other organization will be requiring vaccinations for those who enter their buildings.
“When in doubt, look for information on the business's website, or call the local health department and ask for clarification. This is bound to save you time, headaches and being turned away at the bar,” according to CNET.
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