Many businesses and employers have adopted measures that require their patrons and workforce to present verifiable proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test. Regulations urge indoor establishments to only allow entry to vaccinated individuals. New York City offers the free Covid Safe app to ensure this process is done securely.
The NYC COVID SAFE works as an electronic vaccine passport and is available free to download on Android devices. You can take a snapshot of your immunisation card and store it securely inside the app on your phone’s storage, just like with any other camera app. It operates for both the first dose and the full dose cards. Similar apps include CDC Mobile application, Sehhaty and Excelsior Pass.
This app is a health tracker aiding the vaccine verification process for people wanting to enter indoor venues. In case of privacy concerns regarding this vaccination status verifier, rest assured your data from this app will not make way to any government records.
Visitors and also persons vaccinated in other cities can now use the NYC Covid Safe app to carry with them a digital copy of their immunisation status against coronavirus. This mandate applies to staff and clients when active at indoor facilities and venues such as gyms, restaurants, cinemas and the like.
It is worth noting that the app does not support double-sided vaccination cards. As the app doesn’t communicate or connect with any government records and databases, it can’t verify whether if the picture of a vaccination card is authentic. So, it works just as well for edited and doctored images that only resemble an original vaccine card.
Vaccine passport on your smartphone
The NYC SAFE COVID app is available for Android devices for free on the Google Play store. Once you take a snapshot of your card, information like your full name, the name of the vaccine and the date of your last shot.
Your data and also the vaccination card’s snapshots are kept securely, ready for you to present before entry to indoor establishments. The app only keeps your information and data on your phone and nowhere else to alleviate your privacy concerns.