State officials have launched a digital pass New Yorkers can download to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
The “Excelsior Pass” lets people go to events with more people than the state’s social-gathering limit. Basically, the app would be similar to a mobile airline boarding pass and uses a secure QR code that can be stored in a smartphone or printed out.
“New Yorkers have proven they can follow public health guidance to beat back COVID, and the innovative Excelsior Pass is another tool in our new toolbox to fight the virus while allowing more sectors of the economy to reopen safely and keeping personal information secure,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.
The very idea of having to be forced to get a vaccine in order to go somewhere was controversial to a ton of people on social media.
Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Russell Okung even had to speak on it:
“I remember when the idea of domestic vaccine passports were conspiracy theory.”
Here’s how people responded to him:
Okung went viral last year when he tweeted: “Pay me in Bitcoin.”
In December, he quote-tweeted himself, saying: “Paid in Bitcoin.”
Okung will receive half of his $13 million salary in bitcoin.