New York releases first digital passports for the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States


Passports for vaccinations against the COVID-19 virus have become a practical reality in the United States, according to a report issued by USA Today, the state of New York launched a digital Excelsior Pass that residents can use to prove that they have received the vaccination or have recently tested negative for infection, where the wallet can be used. Virtualization of your phone (on Android or iOS) or a printout to issue a QR code and show that you are safe when you want to go to a concert or stage performance.

According to the report, the initial adopters will be in large places, as Madison Square Garden in New York City will start using the Excelsior card next week, with the Times Union Affiliate Center in the pipeline, and the permits will be useful in smaller places starting April 2, and they are really useful for increasing the size Attending events that are presented such as weddings.

State officials emphasized that the Excelsior Pass was completely voluntary for both companies and the general public, and added that the applications supported by IBM did not store or track private health data, and that a combination of distributed ledger and encryption helped secure the data as well as ensure that the information could be verified. In other words, you should not see people using fake permits to avoid getting vaccinated.

And there will be technical challenges, such as ensuring the consistent use of corridor across places and making sure that it is recognized across states or entire countries, and although you don’t strictly need a phone, focusing on QR codes may leave some people stuck if they don’t have access. To a computer with a printer, and there is also no direct correlation between tickets and passports, so you cannot automatically prove that you were vaccinated when purchasing seats.

Although permits are theoretically optional, they could effectively become mandatory if you wish to participate in key aspects of public life while COVID-19 remains a threat.At the same time, this also shows how technology can mitigate recovery from the pandemic. Advocates of the permits may argue that the permits may save companies that may have to limit capacity or remain closed.


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