October 10 – ALBANY – Governor Kathleen C. Hochul on Tuesday announced the extension of the New York State Excelsior Pass, the digital pass that can be used to prove a negative COVID-19 test or COVID-19 vaccination.
The app has been updated to enable validation of SMART health cards from trusted issuers located out of state, including the Mayo Clinic, Boston Children’s Hospital, Microsoft, MITER, and The Commons Project Foundation. Public and private organizations were included in collaboration with the Vaccine Credential Initiative.
“Excelsior Pass and Excelsior Pass Plus – the country’s first vaccine and negative test pass system – have been essential tools in safely reopening our economy and protecting New York’s public health,” said Governor Hochul in a statement. “We’re expanding this solution even further with a set of standards that can be used and validated by any business for free, nationwide, based on shared policies and commitments that New Yorkers trust.
The app is now able to accept and validate passes from US states that issue SMART health cards. These states include California, Hawaii, Louisiana, and Virginia. New York also plans to update the app soon to add Washington State to this list.
More than 5.6 million Excelsior passes, including more than 800,000 from the Exclesior Plus pass, have been issued since the launch of the voluntary platform earlier this year, according to the governor’s press release. With the update, New Yorkers who were vaccinated in New Jersey or Vermont can now receive the Excelsior Pass and Excelsior Pass Plus.
“Today’s update to the NYS Excelsior Pass Scanner app expands its capabilities and reach, both for individuals as well as for organizations, businesses and sites nationwide,” said Rajiv Rao, chief technology officer and deputy director of state information, said in a statement. “As the premier validation system and rules engine based on federal and state COVID-19 guidelines, we’re creating a new free and accessible digital infrastructure that brings us all closer – and closer to the people and things we’ve missed since. too long. “
The Excelsior Pass app is available for mobile devices on the Apple Store and Google Play.