Vaccertify, a Seattle-based startup creates the prototype of the “vaccine passport”
By MDS , December 10 , 2020
A vaccination passport that lets you know if we are 'protected' or not. Vaccertify develops a prototype already subject to controversy.
Maintaining one's own safety is above all else given the current pandemic, but this decision is likely to be discussed.
Everyone wants to be safe. For this reason, every day millions and millions of tests are conducted regularly to check whether a person is a carrier of a virus or not. However, it may become difficult to recognize whether a person is vaccinated or not, and this is where the idea of a "vaccine passport" comes into play.
The vaccines are not yet fully ready, and authorizations are awaited from various health authorities. In the course of 2021, however, the 'official candidates' of Modern e Pfizer they should be available to anyone who wants to hire them.
Both companies report approximately 95% effectiveness, but these are claims that have been under scrutiny.
A vaccination passport?
In such a scenario, a transition period will be difficult in which it is not known who is already immunized and who is not. The startup Vaccertify came up with an idea. It is still under construction: it is a prototype capable of providing a sort of vaccine passport. An easy-to-use digital vaccination certificate available on your smartphone as a sort of “Social Pass”.
What does the vaccination passport contain
This sort of “pass” shows the name, a face image of the user, which COVID-19 vaccine he received and when the various doses were completed.
How to obtain the vaccination passport
To get a certificate from Vaccertify, customers will need to complete a Covid vaccination, provide government ID, and share a selfie.
Vaccertify is under construction: of course, it includes privacy functions. It means that anyone who wants to see the certificate must have a specific pin to log in and look at it. But it is also true that the creation of a vaccination passport is the first step towards a real "social pass".
An instrument hailed by some, opposed by others
The idea of this digital “social pass” for Covid-19 vaccines came to Tiara Lyons, co-founder and CEO of the company. She said when she started looking for a babysitter during a pandemic, it became really hard to select and trust her.
Tiara couldn't take a babysitter's word, and asking for a medical visit was too intrusive. So Tiara invented the Vaccertify concept, a real vaccine passport.
Will the possession of a certificate mark the distinction between who is accepted or not in society, between who works and who will remain unemployed?
The topic of the “security vs. free choice” confrontation returns, and Vaccertify promises to provoke a debate with several sparks.