New York is the first state to issue a digital ‘COVID-19 Pass’

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New York is the first state to issue a digital 'COVID-19 Pass'


People have often wondered about a “COVID-19 passport” that would allow them to travel more easily, attend events, etc … and now it is a reality in New York.

The State of New York has just launched the “Excelsior Pass”, which will allow individuals to easily and officially share the results of a negative PCR test or proof of vaccination in order to attend events, concerts, shows, travel. more easily, etc. the first state in the United States to do something like this.

According to a press release, the (voluntary) app was created with IBM and essentially acts as a mobile boarding pass. “Each Pass will have a secure QR code, which participating businesses and sites can scan using a companion app to verify evidence of negative COVID-19 test results or proof of vaccination,” he explains. he. You can also print the pass if you prefer.

Madison Square Garden will begin using the system this week, with other major city venues likely to follow.

“New Yorkers have proven they can follow public health guidelines to fight COVID, and the innovative Excelsior Pass is another tool in our new toolkit to fight the virus while empowering more sectors. economy to securely reopen and secure personal information, ” Governor Cuomo said.

“The question of ‘public health or economics’ has always been a false choice – the answer has to be both. As more New Yorkers get vaccinated every day and major public health indicators continue to steadily hit their lowest rates in months, the country’s first Excelsior Pass heralds the next step in our reopening. thoughtful and science-based. ”

New Yorkers who want to download it can do so here, and businesses who want to use the app in their spaces can find out more here.

Featured Image Source: Courtesy Governor Cuomo

In other news: New Yorkers 30 and older can get COVID-19 vaccine starting Tuesday (3/30)

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