New York has become the first state to launch a “vaccine passport” that can be used to enter certain locations.
Called the Excelsior Pass, the passport will be available on a phone app in the form of a QR code that can be scanned to prove the owner has been vaccinated, USA Today reported on friday.
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The pass will be used in entertainment venues and may allow a larger crowd for events such as weddings.
Other countries included Denmark they have already started implementing their own vaccine passports.
The New York app is being funded by the state and built on top of IBM’s digital health pass platform, USA Today reported.
The United States vaccinates 2 million people a day and President BidenJoe Biden The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden Changes Filibuster Republican Party Seeks to Squeeze Biden, Democrats on Border Sanders Creates New Tax Headache for Biden MORE this week he increased his goal of getting 200 million people to receive at least their first dose within their first 100 days.
It is unclear if vaccine passports will be developed across the country or if many Americans will accept them, as some are still unwilling to receive the coronavirus vaccine.