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Thursday, April 08, 2021

Vaccine Passports

 First thing I thought of after receiving my document indicating I had been COVID Vaccinated.   Hardly looked like a 'passport'.  Could have been easily altered.   Should I carry it around with me?   Or risk being quarantined?  Mobile apps here being considered.

Likely Legal, 'Vaccine Passports' Emerge as the Next Coronavirus Divide   By The New York Times, April 7, 2021

Cathay Pacific airlines, convinced that digital proof of coronavirus vaccination will bring about the return of safe international travel, asked its pilots and crew to try out a new mobile app that showed their vaccination status on a recent flight from Hong Kong to Los Angeles.

New York has rolled out "Excelsior Pass," billed by the state as "a free, fast and secure way to present digital proof of Covid-19 vaccination" in case reopening sports and entertainment venues require proof of attendees' status.

And Walmart, the nation's largest private employer, is offering electronic verification apps to patients vaccinated in its stores so they "can easily access their vaccine status as needed," the company says.

Around the country, businesses, schools and politicians are considering "vaccine passports" — digital proof of vaccination against the coronavirus — as a path to reviving the economy and getting Americans back to work and play. Businesses especially fear that too many customers will stay away unless they can be assured that the other patrons have been inoculated.

From The New York Times

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