New York will soon introduce the Excelsior Pass, a card that shows you have taken a Covid-19 vaccine or have a recent negative test to enter events and businesses.
“Similar to a mobile airline boarding pass, people will be able to print their card or store it on their smartphones with the Excelsior Pass Wallet app.” the press release announcing the reading of the ‘passports’.
Businesses and venues will be able to scan a unique code for each passport and see the Covid-19 history of the person in front of them. The app will reportedly not display a detailed medical history, but rather a simple message that you are or are not vaccinated, or that you have been recently tested or not.
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“A person’s data is kept safe and confidential at all times.” the press release promises.
Madison Square Garden and the Times Union Center are ready to start using the app in the next few days. On April 2, the app will expand to smaller locations across the state.
Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is facing a number of personal and professional controversies at this time, celebrated the Excelsior Pass as the first of its kind and called “The question of ‘public health or the economy'” to “False choice”.
“The question of ‘public health or the economy’ has always been a false choice; the answer must be both.” the governor said in a statement. “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.”
Today we launch Excelsior Pass, a free platform for businesses and individuals that can be used to easily access secure evidence of a recent negative COVID test or vaccination. It is the first tool of its kind to help NY fight COVID while safely reopening our economy.
– Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 26, 2021
Numerous officials have previously raised the idea of ’vaccination passports’ or proof that vaccinations are required for people to travel or gather in larger venues. White House health adviser Anthony Fauci said “Immunity cards” would “possible” last year, saying that requiring such paperwork was “Being discussed”.
The idea has sparked a wave of pushback, especially from Republicans. Governor Ron DeSantis (R-Florida) announced this week that “Vaccine passports” zone “Terrible idea” and “Totally off the table” by its state.
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