With Excelsior Pass, New York became the first state on Friday to launch a so-called vaccine passport, as reported by USA Today. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo also promoted the launch Friday on Twitter.
Today we launched Excelsior Pass, a free platform for businesses and individuals that can be used to easily access secure proof of a recent negative COVID test or vaccination.
It’s the first tool of its kind to help NY fight COVID while safely reopening our economy.
– Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) 26 mars 2021
Using the app downloaded with personal information to confirm their identity, New Yorkers can prove with a digital QR code that they have been vaccinated. “The data will come from the state’s vaccine registry and will also be linked to testing data from a number of pre-approved testing companies,” according to USA Today. The passport will be useful for accessing events and venues, and “already allows people to increase the size of a wedding party or other organized event”.
Understandably, privacy and data concerns abound, with Bloomberg having written at least two problematic articles in the past.
Additionally, if one reads the overview on the state’s website, this particular snippet comes to mind: “Once you and your party enter an establishment, you will always be asked to follow the guidelines. state and CDC guidelines regarding social distancing, headgear, and hand hygiene. ”
Will vaccinated people no longer have to wear a mask? Will President Joe Biden and Dr Anthony Fauci always insist on wearing two? What will even change?
Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) already rejected the idea of a vaccine passport last week. “The vaccination passport is a terrible idea. We are certainly not going to offer anything from a state perspective. It’s totally irrelevant, ”Fox 4 News of Southwest Florida reported.