The country’s first “vaccine passport” will arrive in the Big Apple.
The program, dubbed “Excelsior Pass,” is an app that will allow New Yorkers to test their vaccination status, or recent history of a negative COVID-19 test, in order to enter events and businesses, Governor Cuomo announced in a statement from Friday press.
“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 press release explains.
“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. ”
The app will not display any health information when scanned; it will only show a green check mark if the person has been vaccinated or the test was negative or a red “x” if they have not.
Major venues like Madison Square Garden and the Times Union Center in Albany will begin using the app next week and on April 2, Excelsior Pass will expand to “smaller arts, entertainment and event venues,” said the Cuomo’s office.
The app, which was launched on Friday, already works to test vaccination status or negative test results and can be used to gain access to wedding receptions, which now require negative tests from attendees and other events on top. of the social gathering limit.
“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, launched after two pilot demonstrations conducted in recent weeks, will use blockchain technology and encryption to ensure that health information is stored securely.
To register, New Yorkers can register by downloading the app and entering personal information to verify their identity. The app will then pull data from the state’s vaccine registry and a number of pre-approved COVID-19 testing companies.