New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of the Excelsior Pass on March 26.
The passport is issued by a free and voluntary platform that verifies Covid-19 vaccines or negative test results using a QR code to scan or print smartphones. The Excelsior Pass is designed to aid the process of opening businesses and public spaces throughout New York City.
The Vaccination Passport is built on a blockchain-based IBM digital health card that allows you to verify and share your protected identity, vaccination record, and test results without disclosing any irrelevant personal information.
In his statement, Governor Cuomo highlighted the importance of using technology to rediscover, both in terms of public health and economics:
“As more New Yorkers are vaccinated daily and major public health surveys continue to hit consistently lowest in months, First-in-the-Nation Excelsior represents the next step in our thoughtful and evidence-based discovery.”
Steve Lafflich, CEO of IBM Public and Federal Markets, is proud to contribute to the New York opening plan, saying: “IBM is proud to support New York State in using innovative technologies to help citizens and communities respond to COVID-19 …”
Cuomo first announced plans for blockchain-based vaccinations on March 2 after successfully testing the system at the Brooklyn Nets NBA last week.