Create an iPhone Shortcut To Show Your Vaccination Card

You can use your iPhone to scan in your vaccination card and then create a Shortcut to display it with one tap. This can come in handy when it isn't convenient to carry your card with you.



Update for iOS 15: You need to use the Get File From Folder action. Set the Folder to the folder where the file is located, such as Shortcuts if you put it in there. Then set the file name to the exact filename. Remember to check the info on the file to make sure you know it exactly. For instance, it is easy to set the name to Vax.jpg and then inadvertently end up with the file name Vax.jpg.jpg. Here is a look at what an iOS 15 Shortcut may look like.


Comments: 54 Responses to “Create an iPhone Shortcut To Show Your Vaccination Card”

    Robert
    1 year ago

    How do we create the Shortcut using scanner and computer instead of using iPhone camera ? Thank You

    1 year ago

    Robert: You can scan using your scanner's software or Image Capture on your Mac. But I'm not sure what you are looking for in turns of a Shortcut. You wouldn't be carrying around your Mac like you would your iPhone.

    Cyrus
    1 year ago

    This is great thanks Gary.

    Also you made the video beautifully. What software are you using to show the iPhone and also with the little grey red circle that denotes taps on your iPhone?

    Would really appreciate if you can give me the name of the software ! Thanks so much. … Cyrus !

    1 year ago

    Cyrus: No software for that. I just have an Apple mouse connected via Bluetooth and am using the Pointer ability in the Accessibility settings. https://macmost.com/how-to-use-a-mouse-with-your-ipad.html

    Ron Lulov
    1 year ago

    I just set that up. Great. Before that, I just took a picture of my card and created an album called VACCINATION. I always learn great stuff from your videos. Thanks !

    Russ Winkler
    1 year ago

    How did you create your stack of shortcuts on your iPhone panel (Play Podcasts, Turn on...,Open Camera, Message Wife...)??

    Morrison Robert A
    1 year ago

    This "Show Card" shortcut worked well on my iPhone, but it will not find the Vaccination Card.pdf on my iPad. It says "...there is no such file" but it is in the iCloud Drive folder called Shortcuts. I am confused.

    1 year ago

    Morrison: What happens when you try to view it in the File app? Does that work? Maybe it isn't downloaded from the cloud yet.

    Morrison Robert A
    1 year ago

    Thanks Gary. I scanned the card and saved in in a folder called Shortcuts on my iPad to iCloud Drive. I can see it in Files but the shortcut won't find it. The folder and card show in iCloud when I log on to iCloud, but it was created when I did the iPhone Shortcut. It still shows up in iCloud. Most confusing.

    Marilyn Amick
    1 year ago

    This is a great idea, but I was unable to Move or Save the pdf scan into my Shortcuts folder. So I got on the phone with Applecare, and after much playing around and a long hold, the rep told me that I shouldn't be trying to store anything in the Shortcuts folder because that folder is reserved exclusively to store data from Apple's Shortcuts App. He said what Gary's doing is unauthorized and I should not be doing it, lol. So I'm going to try putting my scan in a different folder.

    1 year ago

    Marilyn: That support person is just plain wrong. You are supposed to put things in the Shortcuts folder for the Shortcuts app to ACCESS too. That's exactly what I'm showing here.

    Marilyn Amick
    1 year ago

    Aha, I did it! You gave a big clue, and that was a hint to go to the Shortcuts folder, then scan the document. The document is then automatically saved into Shortcuts folder. But my phone will not otherwise save or move the scan to the Shortcuts folder. And yes, I have the latest iOS update installed.

    Dick Cournoyer
    1 year ago

    I scanned (Doxie) my COVID-19 card, then put the .pdf file in iCloud Drive>Shortcuts on my Mac. Then I proceeded to follow your instruction on my iPhone

    Klong
    1 year ago

    I always LOVE your videos however this one is waaaayyyyy tooo complicated! I did like others and just took a pix of my card and created an album name Vaccination so easy to find and to do. Not sure why you went to all that trouble to create shortcut..

    1 year ago

    Klong: What I'm showing has two differences from what you are doing. First, the image is not stored with your Photos, so your card won't be among your family photos, memories, etc. Second, you can bring it up in one steps instead of many steps if you want to show it quickly.

    michael carlson
    1 year ago

    I have tried this a few times with different names and I keep getting an error message saying the file doesn't exist. I saved in the shortcuts folder in icloud drive and I have typed everything correct?!?!?

    Lowell Sheinkin
    1 year ago

    Gary, I followed all of your directions and after renaming file the save button is greyed out. Tried it numerous times and get the same greyed out save button.

    1 year ago

    Lowell: try starting in the Shortcuts folder then, like I suggest in the video.

    1 year ago

    michael : just check to make sure the path is perfect.

    John F.
    1 year ago

    Excellent idea... I've just set it up and it works perfectly. I like it so much, I'm going to do it with some of my other frequently called up cards too. For those, I have a question. Some of them have information both the front and back. Is there a way to adapt the shortcut to show one side and then the other or to offer an option for which side to show? I'm assuming the rest of the shortcut and setup would be the same.

    1 year ago

    John: I haven't tried to do something two-sided. Maybe try scanning both sides (don't use the Save button until you do both) and save as a PDF. Then see if you get the option to flip between them.

    John F.
    1 year ago

    Thanks, Gary... I just want to confirm that your suggestion for two-sided docs works: Scan using same procedure but don't hit save until scanning both sides. This creates a two-image PDF file. Then, I just long-pressed the original vaccine ID shortcut you showed how to create, duplicated it, and in the duplicate shortcut, swapped in the name of my next ID PDF. A change to the file name and glyph and boom. Another version of the same useful shortcut idea! Very nice.

    Lil Lau
    1 year ago

    Hi Gary, I too have tried this numerous times on my iPhone Pro Max. When I get to the final step of saving to “shortcuts it is grayed out. After I scan the Vaccination card I select keep scan, then I save the scan, then I select shortcuts on iCloud Drive. I name the document and I see “Item will be saved to “Shortcuts” on iCloud Drive. However Save is grayed out. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.

    1 year ago

    Lil: Just start in Shortcuts as others have suggested.

    John F.
    1 year ago

    With apologies for over-posting, I just came across a free app that will do this and thought I should share. It's called Folio and will take pictures of front and back of all different kinds of IDs, including the CDC vaccine card. They're then stored behind a password or FaceID (your choice) and can be tapped to display. Presumably, once the app is loaded with the cards you want to store, you could create a Shortcut to call it up. Or... looks like Apple Wallet will have this in iOS 15.

    Pete S
    1 year ago

    Can the default folder for shortcuts be change or can additional folder be specified to store “stuff”. I have a unique folder in iCloud for IDs and one for persistent documents. I’d like to create a document picker shortcut that points at these folders. Possible?

    1 year ago

    Pete: Try it, but I don't think Shortcuts can access files in this way outside of its own folder. But play around and see what you can do.

    Pete S
    1 year ago

    If I leave the doc picker on it will select the last folder I used so it really is not more useful than FILES APP RECENT. It definitely will NOT let me change SHORTCUT to something else. Thank your for the encouragement. Win a few lose a few.

    Perhaps a suggestion to Apple for IOS 15 or 16.

    John S
    1 year ago

    I had the problem with the "Save" being greyed out, so tried scanning the Covid certificate into the Shortcuts folder by opening the Shortcuts App. I eventually managed to get an icon onto the Home screen which enables me to open the certificate straight from there, but I did not managed to change the name from Scanned Document. Still, I have the certificate directly accessible from the Home screen.

    Pete S
    1 year ago

    John S. Using the APPLE FILES app go to the SHORTCUTS folder and press and hold the file you want to rename. A selection drop down should appear with RENAME being one of the options.

    Pete S
    1 year ago

    John S. Using the APPLE FILES app go to the SHORTCUTS folder and press and hold the file you want to rename. A selection drop down should appear with RENAME being one of the options.

    Dick Cournoyer
    11 months ago

    I tried to make a ShortCut for his COVID-19 vaccination card but it didn't work: when I get to the window where I choose color and name for the ShortCut it doesn't show "Add to Home Screen" and therefore does not appear. What am I doing wrong

    11 months ago

    Dick: Not sure what could be different. Maybe start again from the beginning?

    Eric Shapiro
    9 months ago

    Gary,
    I really enjoy your how-to videos. They are clear and simple to understand. But I’m having problems with this shortcut. I just updated to iOS 15 on my iPhone. The Shortcuts app appears to be different from what you show in your video. For example, there is no “Get File” action listed. And there is no blue circle with “+” icon. Has their been a change in the shortcuts app in iOS 15?

    9 months ago

    Eric: They've updated the Shortcuts app, yes. Use Get File From Folder.

    Eric Shapiro
    9 months ago

    Gary,
    I love your videos…I tried this one, but something’s not working correctly. Is there a change to Shortcuts in iOS 15? There is no “get file” action, and the app screen looks different. I could not figure out how to make this work.

    9 months ago

    Eric: Shortcuts has been updated for iOS 15, so things will look a little different. The action is "Get File From Folder."

    Eric Shapiro
    9 months ago

    Thanks, Gary. It appears that other things have changed as well…I couldn’t find a “quick look”action, and it seems as if the path has to be noted differently.

    p.s.
    Sorry for the double post above…

    9 months ago

    Eric: Quick Look is still there.

    Michelle
    9 months ago

    This was AMAZING Gary! I went further and scanned in the same document my driver's license so that it's one and done - no longer do I have to carry my wallet :) Thanks for the amazing videos on Mac/Apple products.

    Tim Wilcox
    9 months ago

    Cant seem to get file from my phone folder to show using short cut. I am not using iclould or drop box and cant get to open file which is in a folder on my phone. I can get to the folder but not the file. Help please

    9 months ago

    Tim: Just make sure you provide the right folder and the exact file name.

    Joe LaScuola
    8 months ago

    Hi Gary. I created your Shortcut on my iPhone 11 Pro, iOS 15.0.2, to display my vaccination card, and it worked perfectly. However, when I select the same Shortcut on my Apple Watch, Version 8.1, I get the following message even though “Show on Apple Watch” is turned on in the iPhone Shortcut, “No Items The Quick Look action wasn’t passed any items to preview.” Any recommendations on how to fix this issue? Thank you.

    8 months ago

    Joe: Probably doesn't work on the Watch because the file isn't there.

    nick
    7 months ago

    Gary, I happen to have my vaccine card stored in Notes. Can I still use Shortcuts to open it? thx

    7 months ago

    nick: Yes. Use the Find Notes to look for it, and then Show Note to show it.

    Tom
    5 months ago

    Gary - it’s now February 2022 and they’ve changed the options for actions in shortcuts so the great video you did no longer works. I’ve got the updated card in shortcuts but “Get File” and its associated options no longer exist in the Shortcut actions. Could you shoot me a quick email that tells me what to use now? Thanks!

    5 months ago

    Tom: Read the note under the video.

    mike wolfgang
    5 months ago

    This is amazing...Thank you!
    Like others, I had a picture or PDF of the thing.
    This makes it so much easier.
    Interestingly enough, I was setting this up for some upcoming travel and it immediately saw my "Tripit"app, which it created shortcuts to automatically, and then Tripit let me upload documents there as well!
    Very Cool!
    Thanks again!

    Marsha
    4 months ago

    Is there a way to get a file into Shortcuts short of scanning it? I am trying to put a PDF file in there and I can't add it on my MacBook and I can't move it from one folder to another in "Files". It is grayed out. Thanks!

    4 months ago

    Marsha: Do you mean into the Shortcuts folder in iCloud Drive? You should be able to put anything you want in there on your Mac. Just put the file directly into that, or place it anywhere in iCloud Drive as you should be able to choose it in the Shortcuts app from any location as long as you are using the current version of iOS and macOS.

    Janet
    3 months ago

    Is there a way to use a picture aside from you vaxx card? i’ve tried importing from Photos to Files but it won’t go into the Shortcuts Folder!

    3 months ago

    Janet: You can use any photo you like. With iOS 15, you can put it in any folder you like.

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