‘Vaccine passports’ reviewed for more than just travel


SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – The idea of ​​a COVID vaccine passport and digital proof to enter the scene is the latest break from the coronavirus.

It is not only at airports, where proof of vaccination is considered. Other sites like baseball stadiums have already implemented the idea of ​​a vaccine passport so that fans can enter its doors.

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Airlines are exploring ways, including mobile apps, that would make it easy to identify who is vaccinated and who is not.

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“It could be beneficial. This sends a good message to the community to get vaccinated and gives businesses a sense of security by engaging with people who enter their premises, ”said traveler Porter Geer.

At San Francisco International Airport, United Airlines and the SITA Smart Pass are testing biometric technology for certain domestic flights on a voluntary basis.

Once enrolled, biometric cameras scan your face and then transfer the data and information, making most trips contactless.

“Any reason for travel where you need to establish or verify your identity, it could be used for that,” said OFS spokesman Doug Yakel.

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At this time, the registration system does not request or store immunization status, but the technology may one day be used for this purpose.

“Some type of digital health certificate will be the next evolution in air travel during and after this pandemic,” Yakel said.

“This is something new. It will take a bit of time to adjust and time to figure out what’s going on and how safe it is, ”said traveler Daniel Suriel.

The Oakland A’s aren’t asking for proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, but San Francisco Giants fans will have to show their vaccinated status or proof of a negative test at its gates starting Friday.

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“As these tools are viewed by the private and non-profit sectors, our interest is very simple on the part of the federal government which is the privacy of Americans and rights must be protected so that these systems are not used in such a way. unfair against people, ”White House spokesman Jen Psaki said.

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