People living in New York can consider themselves lucky as they will be the first Americans to test a new digital pass called the Excelsior Pass, which will show their vaccination status and COVID-19 test results.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of the pass on March 26, so that large venues like Madison Square Garden and other smaller business such as theaters, art venues and other arenas can reopen their gates to a larger crowd.
As the Governor Cuomo said:
“New Yorkers have proven they can follow public health guidance to beat back 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 safely and keeping personal information secure […]The question of ‘public health or the economy’ has always been a false choice — the answer must be both. As more New Yorkers get vaccinated each day and as key public health metrics continue to regularly reach their lowest rates in months, the first-in-the-nation Excelsior Pass heralds the next step in our thoughtful, science-based reopening.”
Developed in partnership with IBM, the pass can either be printed out or stored on smartphones using the Excelsior Pass Wallet app. Each pass will have a secure QR code that businesses and venues will be able to scan using a companion app to verify proof of negative coronavirus test results or proof of the vaccination.
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