On Wednesday (February 17), the Kingdom of Bahrain announced through the Gulf state’s media office that it has launched its own digital ‘vaccine passport’ for citizens. The decision aims to determine whether using digital ‘vaccine passports’ would work well for the people of Bahrain in light of the ongoing pandemic.
The initiative positions the kingdom among the first countries to do so. Governments and developers around the world are exploring how certificates and passports could help to reopen economies by identifying those protected against COVID-19.
Bahrain Among the First in the World to Introduce Digital ‘Vaccine Passports’
According to the report shared by The Independent, each citizen who gets jabbed with two doses of the vaccine, 21 days apart, will get their official vaccination certificate after two weeks which can be viewed through Bahrain’s “BeAware” app.
The app is equipped with a unique QR code per person that is connected to Bahrain’s vaccine registry.
Other than the certificate, the app also shows the user’s personal details, as well as the brand of vaccine received.
Bahrain offers four vaccines free to its citizens, including Russia’s Sputnik V, AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Sinopharm.
In a separate report, Denmark is also eyeing to launch their own digital ‘vaccine passport’ to check if the traveler has been inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine, with the hopes of opening up tourism in their country.
In line with this, Sweden has also expressed its intent to launch the country’s own digital ‘vaccine passport’ to check if the traveler has been inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine, with the hopes of boosting tourism in their country.
Meanwhile, countries such as Romania, the Seychelles, and Estonia said that they will accept individuals who can prove that they have been injected with the COVID-19 jab.