The days of the awkward vaccine pass and driver’s license fumble are over thanks to a local app designer.
Michael Levy is a retired Apple engineer living in Vancouver and a few months ago he wrote an app for himself to show his BC Vaccine Card and driver’s license with a single touch.
When he showed the app to his family they all wanted it too so he made it available to the public.
The app is called PhotoPin and is available for free in the Apple App Store with no ads and no need for a login. Just download the app, add your vaccine passport screenshot and image of your BC photo ID, and you are good to go. The app can take up to nine images, however three is the default.
The BC Vaccine Card, or “vaccine passport” is required for entry to organized gatherings, events like concerts or Canucks games, and for table service restaurants. Though set to initially expire at the end of January 2022, health officials announced Jan. 25 the BC Vaccine Card program would remain in place until June 30.
“I have always loved programming – what was a profession is now, for me, a hobby,” Levy wrote in an email to Vancouver Is Awesome. “I am not doing this to make money. But I do get satisfaction knowing that I have contributed something useful during this awful and endless pandemic. ”
Fun fact: The app’s landing page on the store features a photo of the app’s designer sitting outside the Cambie street JJ Bean store.