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Creating a Digital Copy of Your Vaccination Card Using VoiceOver

August 16, 2021 | Leave a Comment

by Kathy Austin

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Someone holding a sticker announcing they got their Covid 19 Vaccine

When I got my first COVID19 vaccination, I was presented with a card with the date for my return visit for the second dose. I thought, as with most of the little cards you get at a doctor’s office to remind you of your next appointment, this card would eventually be tossed. Who knew back in the spring this oversized business card — a card that’s difficult to fit into a wallet — could be your ticket into a theatre, restaurant or sporting event? Well, now we know. It’s important to keep your vaccine card safe and secure, but readily available.

Lots of us never travel without our phones. And that’s exactly where you can safely and securely store a digital copy of your vaccination card. Here are some easy step-by-step instructions on two ways to do this on your iPhone using VoiceOver.

 

Using the Photos App

This option is easy, but not so secure.

  1. Take a photo of your card using the Camera feature.
  2. DOUBLE TAP on Photo and Video Viewer.
  3. DOUBLE TAP on the photo of your card to bring it into focus.
  4. Activate the Edit box and give your vaccination card a name.
  5. DOUBLE TAP on the Done button in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
  6. Locate the Share Button on the Tool Bar, usually at the bottom center of the screen just above the Home Button, (if you have one).
  7. DOUBLE TAP on the Add to Album Button.
  8. DOUBLE TAP on New Album and give it a name.
  9. Finally, DOUBLE TAP on the Save Button.

Note: You’ll want to take photos of both sides of your card.  To add the second photo, repeat steps 1 through 7.  Then choose the name of the album where you have stored your first photo and Double Tap on the Add to Album Button. Finally, Double Tap on the Save Button.

To retrieve your card from your Photos app:

  1. Launch the Photos app. A list of your albums will show.
  2. DOUBLE TAP on your album with your card.

 

Using the Notes App

This option is a little more secure.

  1. Launch the Notes app.
  2. DOUBLE TAP on the New Note Button located on the bottom right corner of the screen.
  3. DOUBLE TAP on the Camera Button.
  4. DOUBLE TAP on Scan Document Button.
  5. Take scans of both sides of your card. Both scans will be in the same note.
  6. DOUBLE TAP on Keep Scan Button located on the bottom right hand corner of the screen.
  7. DOUBLE TAP on the Save Button.
  8. Activate the text field, give your scan a name and DOUBLE TAP on the Save Button.

To lock your note for more security:

  1. Choose Note Actions at the top right hand corner of the screen.
  2. DOUBLE TAP on Lock Note.
  3. Choose your iCloud account password to lock your note or choose Touch I.D. if you have that enabled. If Touch I.D. is enabled, DOUBLE TAP and make sure it is turned on for your Note.
  4. DOUBLE TAP on the Done Button in the upper right hand corner.

To retrieve your note:

  1. Launch the Notes app.
  2. DOUBLE TAP on Notes with the number of notes you have stored.
  3. Find your vaccination note in the list. VoiceOver will say “Locked” after the name you have given this note.
  4. DOUBLE TAP on the View Notes Button.
  5. Use Touch I.D. or enter your password to unlock the note.

Join us at our September Apple Exchange where we’ll be talking about more secure and accessible apps to store your vaccination card.  It’s also a great place if you need additional help with the process we’ve outlined above.

Kathy is the Community Engagement Specialist at Second Sense

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