NEW YORK (AP) - New York has launched a digital pass that people can download to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
The “Excelsior Pass” will be accepted at major entertainment venues like Madison Square Garden and Albany’s Times Union Center.
The app is similar to a mobile airline boarding pass and uses a secure QR code that can be stored in a smartphone or printed out.
"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," said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "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."
Officials said the technology doesn’t store or track private health data within the app.
New York is the first state in the U.S. to formally launch this technology, which was built on IBM's Digital Health Pass solution.
According to the state, the app is designed to verify health credentials such as test results and vaccination records, without sharing underlying medical and personal information.
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