Now that a lot of reopenings have gone underway in the Big Apple since yesterday, some businesses might require customers to show them proofs of inoculation to roam around mask-free and worry-free. In such cases, an Excelsior Pass is your best bet!
Already being used at bigger events and games, the Excelsior Pass, was introduced by the Empire State to support a safe reopening by providing a free, fast, and secure way to present digital proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results. You can store your Pass digitally on your smartphone with the Excelsior Pass Wallet app, available for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. You can also print your Pass from the Excelsior Pass website and bring it with you.
People can obtain a “pass” to show they’re vaccinated 15 days after they received their final coronavirus vaccine dose. The pass remains valid for 180 days, “at which time a new pass may be retrieved,” according to the state.
Businesses and venues requiring proof of vaccination or negative test results can scan and validate the QR code on your pass for entry. People using the pass will also be asked to present a photo ID that contains their name and birth date to prove it belongs to them.
This being said, the program is voluntary, and New Yorkers can also alternatively opt to show businesses or venues proof of vaccination using other digital means or with a valid inoculation record like the paper CDC card.