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As COVID-19 vaccinations roll out across the globe, Apple is cracking down on apps that provide proof of immunization.

All iOS apps issuing health passes based on inoculation records must be submitted by developers working with entities recognized by public health authorities. That includes test kit manufacturers, laboratories, and healthcare providers; Cupertino will also accept COVID-19 apps from government, medical, and “other credentialed” institutions.

“With the recent release of COVID-19 vaccines, we’ve seen an increase in apps that generate health passes used to enter buildings and access in-person services based on testing and vaccination records,” the Apple developer page explains.

Several countries have already implemented or plan to introduce these so-called digital health “passports,” which allow vaccinated folks to travel, attend events, and access in-person services. Apple’s new rules aim to ensure information can’t be falsified just so someone can take a vacation.

Los Angeles County in December partnered with Healthvana for an app that stores vaccination records in Google or Apple wallets, reminding users to get a second shot, while also providing a digital record “to prove to airlines, to prove to schools, to prove to whoever needs it,” Healthvana CEO Ramin Bastani told Bloomberg at the time.

For those who prefer to rely on physical documentation, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) recently reminded people not to share photos of their Vaccination Record Card, which includes your full name, date of birth, and jab type, location, and date. Feel free, however, to proudly show off the vaccine sticker you may receive.

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