We all knew there would be some changes to daily life after the pandemic. Social distancing may stick around for another few years and an annual vaccination may be on the table, but who could have predicted a COVID passport? Here’s what you should know.
The pandemic has pushed tech companies and nonprofits to create verifiable and easily accessible medical records to prove a person has taken the COVID-19 vaccine.
Now, people who have taken the COVID-19 vaccine can show a “digital health passport” to prove they are free of COVID-19 and have been vaccinated.
Although these digital health passports aren’t widely spread in the U.S., Medical Technologists expect these digital passports to follow in other countries’ footsteps and be a requirement to travel, attend events, and enter specific buildings.
Los Angeles County has partnered with Healthvana to allow those who have been vaccinated to download an electronic version of their record to their Apple Wallet or Android.
Once downloaded on their mobile device, user can use the QR code to scan as they board airplanes or enter event venues.
Airlines such as JetBlue, United, Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines and Virgin Atlantic have been testing an app called CommonPass with their passengers to ensure they are COVID-19 free before boarding their flight.
Both CommonPass and CommonHealth (a medical record app), have been able to