New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a “vaccine passport” that New Yorkers can use to prove vaccination or the history of a negative Covid-19 test.
The program, called “Excelsior Pass”, is an application that is not mandatory.
“Similar to a mobile airline boarding pass, people will be able to print their card or store it on their smartphones using the Excelsior Pass Wallet app,” the state press release said.
“Each pass will have a secure QR code, which participating companies and venues can scan using a companion app to verify proof of negative COVID-19 test results or proof of vaccination. A person’s data is kept safe and confidential at all times. “
Health information will not be disclosed when scanned. A green check mark or a red “X” will be the only identifiers.
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Madison Square Garden and the Times Union Center in Albany are among the places that will start using the app next week. On April 2, Excelsior Pass will expand to “smaller venues for arts, entertainment and events.
“New Yorkers have shown they can follow public health guidelines to beat COVID, and the innovative Excelsior Pass is another tool in our new toolbox to fight the virus while allowing more sectors of the economy to reopen. securely and keep personal information safe, ”Cuomo said in a statement.
“The question of ‘public health or the economy’ has always been a false option; the answer must be both. As more New Yorkers get vaccinated each day and key public health metrics continue to consistently hit their lowest rates in months, the nation’s first Excelsior Pass heralds the next step in our thoughtful, science-based reopening. “
The application uses blockchain and encryption technology to ensure security and immutability.
New York residents can register by downloading the app and entering personal information to verify their identity. The app will pull data from the state’s vaccine registry and from a number of pre-approved Covid-19 testing companies.