New York State Como Administration has launched a smartphone app that confirms whether someone has received the Corona vaccine or performed a negative test for Coronavirus to help stadiums, concert halls, and restaurants reopen safer and more capacity.
The service, called “Excelsior,” was officially launched Friday after a trial period in which thousands of New Yorkers participated in testing the app.
The passport launched by the state of New York is the first to be found in the United States and allows specific sites that offer vaccines or tests for the Coronavirus to upload data to the application.
The app, produced by IBM in partnership with New York State, works similarly to a virtual boarding pass.
Opening the virtual passport leads to the emergence of a secure QR code that can then be viewed and examined by a company or place involved in using a companion application to confirm that someone has taken the vaccine or has tested negative for the virus.
The user code can also be printed and displayed at the door.
So far, many restaurants and large halls such as Madison Square Garden in Manhattan have announced that they will begin using the technology over the next few weeks, with owner James Dolan saying the app is “essential for the return of activity to New York.”
Users who do not have a smartphone can also bring printed documents from a healthcare company stating that they have either received a vaccine or tested negative for coronavirus.