The news: Apple is launching a COVID-19 vaccine credentialing tool for Apple Wallets later this year, enabling iPhone users to store and share proof of vaccination with third parties requesting the information, like airlines, event venues, workplaces, etc.
Plus, organizations like Walmart and Mayo Clinic that are issuing digital COVID-19 Vaccine records under the SMART Health Card framework (an industry-wide standard for vax apps) will soon have access to a new button that lets users knows they can download and store their vaccine information in their Apple Health app and present it via Apple Wallet.
The Wallet vaccine update could take off among Apple users: Apple users have been using Apple Wallet more thanks to the pandemic.
Why Big Tech cos like Apple, Google are betting on vax passports: Employers and businesses are increasingly mandating proof of vaccine to enter their facilities, which primes vax passports for widespread uptake (unlike Big Tech’s contact tracing tools).
Major companies like Amtrak, Citigroup, CVS Health and Delta Airlines have all announced employees need to be vaccinated to return to work this fall.
These mandates will make consumers more inclined to use vax passports than optional tech like Google and Apple’s contact tracing tool—which saw low levels of adoption last year.