Walmart launches digital wallets for vaccines
Walmart offers customers access to their health information through a free digital wallet, according to a Press release. Users can then decide to use this wallet to share their health information, starting with their COVID-19 vaccination record.
This program allows people to store their immunization records in their Walmart or Sam’s Club online pharmacy account, then print, share, or save to a device. It is open to anyone over the age of 18 who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 at a Walmart / Sam’s Club pharmacy or at a Walmart sponsored event.
The vaccination record is a free digital version of vaccination cards issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including the person’s name, date of birth, date of vaccination, vaccine manufacturer, vaccine lot number and where it received the vaccination, so people no longer have to worry about losing their hard copy, âthe company said in the statement.
Customers can log into their Walmart / Sam’s Club account and request a QR code from their record in just a few steps. The program is now open to Walmart users and is expected to expand to Sam’s Club members next week. Walmart also announced that it will add a new feature that allows families to consolidate their records and access the records of children under the age of 18.
Walmart uses the Vaccination Credential Initiative SMART Health Cards standard, which means the digital immunization record can be shared with other compatible services, respecting all HIPAA privacy guidelines. This includes the CLEAR Health Pass and the free CommonPass and CommonHealth apps from the nonprofit Common Project Foundation, depending on the version.
These passes are part of a larger global effort to create digital COVID-19 vaccine identifiers for travelers. Read the February PYMNTS report to learn more about the efforts to bring these different passports together under one roof.