New York launches nation’s first ‘vaccine passport’

” Starting Friday, New Yorkers will be able to pull up a code on their cell phone or printout to prove they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19 or recently tested negative for the virus it causes it.

The first-in-the-nation certification, called the Excelsior Pass, debuted last week with Madison Square Garden and Albany’s Times Union centers as two major venues using the technology. The pass will expand to smaller arts, entertainment and event venues in the state starting on April 2. It already enables people to increase the size of a wedding party, or other catered event. It also is available for free to businesses and anyone with vaccination records or test results in New York”

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