New York launches Excelsior Pass to confirm Covid tests and vaccines


Albany, NY – The New York Excelsior Pass, a new system for confirming Covid tests and vaccines, is rolling out across the state.

The app will allow New Yorkers to store information about negative Covid tests or their vaccination status. They can then print a pass or display one on a mobile device at a business or location that requires a negative test or vaccination to enter.

People interested in using the pass can register online. Companies interested in participating can also obtain information online.

Mobile applications are available in the Apple and Google stores.

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The app is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s push to use testing to reopen New York’s economy faster. He dedicated a portion of his state of the state address to the topic and the state has been testing the Excelsior Pass for the past few weeks.

Cuomo’s office said places like Madison Square Garden and the Times Union Center in Albany will start using Excelsior Pass in the coming weeks. Starting April 2, the system will also expand to smaller venues.

Several of the reopening efforts Cuomo has announced in recent weeks require customers to be screened or vaccinated to attend events, including sporting events and arena and stadium shows. Weddings and other celebrations can get more people to attend if guests are tested or vaccinated.

The Excelsior Pass is intended to provide an easy way for companies and customers to confirm vaccine status or a negative test result.

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