New York City has unveiled a vaccine passport system that could prevent anyone from proving they took the COVID vaccine away from event locations.
Anyone attending events where the system is in place will need to use a phone app or paper version of the pass to display their immunization and “ green ” testing status, with state guidelines in place for impose the program.
Dubbed the “Excelsior Pass,” the system was tested for a second time at Madison Square Garden this week during a New York Rangers game.
The system, which was first tested at the Barclays Center last month, was announced this week by Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said all information gleaned would remain “completely confidential.”
Cuomo said, “The Excelsior Pass will play a vital role in delivering information to sites and sites in a secure and streamlined manner, allowing us to accelerate the reopening of these businesses and move us closer to a new standard. “
The system, which uses a QR code, is “voluntary” for now, but it will likely become mandatory when fully deployed.
New restrictions now implemented in New York require sites with a capacity of more than 10,000 people to be able to ensure everyone inside has tested negative for Covid-19 up to 72 hours before a event, or to prove that they have been fully immunized.
The Excelsior Pass is based on a health pass system developed by IBM, which means it can easily be adapted for use by other cities and states.
Covid passport systems, which we have been covering for months now, are rapidly being adopted around the world, both domestically and for international travel, despite the fact that immunity status for vaccinations is not yet widely known, and despite warnings that such programs risk creating a double-third society, infringing on the freedoms of those who choose not to take the picture.
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