Most Americans don’t have mobile apps to request proof of vaccinations, survey says


Most immunizations these days have some sort of mobile app for quick distribution of doses.

Apple Inc. has a CVS-like health app that it says will eventually be available to all American adults.

For small children, parents can download the iPhone’s Walgreens Health app to also get information about their child’s vaccinations and place orders. The app includes a “yellow card” that can be carried around to ensure accurate information on vaccination records.

On the Android side, the Google Play Store features many health-related apps, including this one on that lets users watch live video of their child in a waiting room. The app, which went live in November 2016, was created by a Dutch and Danish inventor.

This measure can also encourage more compliance — and decrease the amount of uninspected vaccines.

But more still needs to be done. A recent survey of 3,000 of a random number of people, by my company Echelon Insights and commissioned by Lilly, suggested that only 56 percent of people use smartphone apps and 42 percent access websites to verify that their vaccines were properly administered. Of those, only 35 percent actually request proof through a mobile app. Among those who did request proof, only 32 percent used mobile apps.

And only 17 percent of the unvaccinated are willing to get a mobile app as a tool to prove that they have been vaccinated.

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