Google Pay has learned to store cards with COVID-19 vaccination information

Google has updated its Passes APIs to securely store COVID-19 vaccination information in the Google Pay service.

Developers from healthcare organizations, government agencies, or health authorities can integrate a digital version of the COVID-19 vaccination certificate into Google Pay.

The user will be able to show it to staff who need to see this information. Google says the information is stored locally on the device and is not synced to the cloud – so the company guarantees data security. Information about the added map is not transmitted to Google and will not be used for advertising or other services, and it can be accessed only after entering a password or otherwise unlocking the smartphone.

The feature has been launched in the U.S., but Google will soon expand support for other countries as well. Passes API also allows storing loyalty cards and boarding passes for transportation in Google Pay.