New York is the first state in the country to use an app that allows people to keep details of their COVID-19 vaccination status or test results on a smartphone. Already “hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, along with a diverse group of corporations, businesses, and venues, are downloading” the Excelsior Pass app, according to a statement from the New York governor’s office.
Could the digital pass make its way to this side of the river? Gov. Phil Murphy has said, “As it relates to anything that smacks of a passport … we’re not there yet. [Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli] talks everyday about Latino and Black penetration of the vaccine. It’s a work in progress. I have to say as long as it’s a work in progress, I am uncomfortable personally with that. That’s not to say we won’t get there.”