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Would You Use An App To Verify Your Vaccine Status? The Idea Is Here To Stay

From sporting arenas to colleges and cruise ships, many businesses are planning to ask customers to prove they've had their shots. Smartphone apps may be coming soon.
New York state is developing Excelsior Pass in partnership with IBM to provide digital proof of a COVID-19 vaccination. Source: Chris Delmas

A political debate has erupted over the idea of requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry into certain settings. While politicians argue over equity and privacy concerns, some businesses and institutions are moving ahead and developing apps for people to prove their status easily and securely.

When students return to Cornell University for the fall semester, for example, they'll be required to be vaccinated with exemptions for medical or religious reasons.

"We want to have the most normal semester that we can," says , the university's provost And he says the best way to do

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