iPhone users can now keep verifiable COVID-19 vaccine cards

People shop at the Fifth Avenue Apple Store during the launch of Apple’s new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini on September 24, 2021 in New York City. The new phones come equipped with a A15 Bionic chip, improved dual-camera system and longer battery life than the iPhone 12. The iPhone 13 Mini starts at $729, and the iPhone 13 starts at $829. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
People shop at the Fifth Avenue Apple Store during the launch of Apple’s new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini on September 24, 2021 in New York City. The new phones come equipped with a A15 Bionic chip, improved dual-camera system and longer battery life than the iPhone 12. The iPhone 13 Mini starts at $729, and the iPhone 13 starts at $829. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Photo credit Getty Images

With the iOS 15.1 software upgrade released Monday, iPhone owners can add verifiable COVID-19 vaccination information in the Wallet app, according to Apple.

In addition to the Wallet vaccination card, iPhone and iPod touch users can download and store verifiable test result records in the Health app.

“Vaccination and test result records downloaded in this verifiable format are digitally signed by a vaccine or test result provider,” said Apple. “This is similar to providing paper documents with an official seal.”

Verifiable vaccination downloads and test result records are available through vaccine or test result providers that support the format, the company explained. Records can be added by scanning a QR code from their COVID-19 vaccination or test provider or via download.

Detailed steps for each option are available on the Apple website.

Once vaccination cards are in the Wallet app, they can be viewed and presented at any time. Virtual cards include the name of the vaccine recipient, the vaccine type, the dates of the doses administered, the issuer, and the QR code. Full details are presented when iPhone users authenticate with Face ID, Touch ID, or passcode.

Vaccination cards can't be shared with other iPhone, iPod touch, or Apple Watch users, said Apple. However, i