COVID-19 vaccine passports are gradually becoming a globally accepted idea that is finding more and more supporters. have become a practical reality in the United States. According to USA Today, New York State is also planning to launch the COVID-19 vaccine passport, and such passports will be called Excelsior Pass. They will allow people to prove that they have been vaccinated or have recently had a COVID-19 negative test.
Also, the Excelsior Pass will be used as a pass to concerts and other large-scale events.
Among the venues that will use the Excelsior Pass will be venues such as Square Garden, Albany Times Union Center and others.
At the same time the officials emphasize that COVID-19 vaccine passports will be voluntary for people (i.e. you will decide whether you need Excelsior Pass or not, and for businesses).
According to the official announcement, the COVID-19 vaccine passport ap will not track private data and will have blockchain’s distributed ledger and encryption patterns to protect the data.
On the one hand, that may be the first step toward a return to normalcy, as organizers of public events will be able to invite more people, since COVID-19 vaccine passports will allow only vaccinated people to be accepted.
But on the other hand, there are some doubts about the voluntariness of such passports. Because, yes, officials state that their receipt and use will be purely voluntary. But on the other hand, at some point having a vaccine passport may be the only way to live a full public life and avoid many restrictions.
However, in light of the problems in the world, it seems a fair price to pay for simplified quarantine measures and a way to return to a normal rhythm of life.