New York State Introduces ‘Excelsior Pass’ Vaccine Passport, A First in the U.S.

By Kurt Stolz on 27 March 2021
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The nation’s first vaccine pass was introduced by New York State Friday.

Dubbed the “Excelsior Pass,” the app is similar in function and intent to Israel’s Green Pass, which allowed the country to reopen to those who are fully inoculated.

The Excelsior Pass will document an individual’s vaccination status and/or recent negative Covid-19 tests and can be shown to gain entry to businesses and event venues that require the pass.

“The first-in-the-nation Excelsior Pass heralds the next step in our thoughtful, science-based reopening,” Cuomo said in a statement.

The pass, which resides in a proprietary app, resembles a mobile airline boarding pass.  Holders of the pass will be able to store it in the Excelsior Pass Wallet app and, when needed, print out a copy.  The app is available at no charge in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android apps.

State officials said the pass would be used by theaters, stadiums, and arenas, as well as at weddings at other catered events.  Madison Square Garden in New York City and the Times Union Center in Albany have already announced their plans to require the Excelsior Pass for entry starting April 2.

The app doesn’t display actual health data; rather it shows a green checkmark if the holder of the pass has been vaccinated or tested negatively or a red “x” if he hasn’t.

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