New York officials are celebrating over 2 million Excelsior Passes, a vaccine passport, issued across the state, offering perks to Excelsior Pass holders such as exclusive access to the Empire State Building.
New York State has rolled out the Excelsior Pass, an app developed in partnership with IBM that allows a user to quickly show proof of vaccination or a negative test. According to Cuomo’s office, 2 million Excelsior Passes have been issued since its launch in March, though his office emphasizes that the vaccine passport remains voluntary:
More than ~2 million~ Excelsior Passes have been retrieved since launch!
— State of New York 😷 (@NYGov) June 7, 2021
As the state aims to get 70 percent of the population vaccinated,