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Boston plans to launch its own digital vaccine card app

As a vaccine mandate rolls out for several Boston inner-city businesses Saturday, city officials are also preparing to launch their own digital vaccine card application. Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s “B Together” plan requires customers and staff to show proof of vaccination in order to enter certain indoor spaces, including indoor dining, bars, nightclubs, fitness and entertainment centers. Many of the affected businesses already had the required signs hung in their front windows. City officials say the upcoming “B Together” app will allow individuals to store vaccination records for themselves, children or family members. In-app stores are expected to launch on Saturday with support for English, Spanish and Simplified Chinese. Additional languages ​​will follow. The app is modeled after New York City’s “NYC COVID SAFE” app and was developed with the help of Virginia-based Qlarion, officials said. Boston officials said the new app will only store data locally on a user’s device and will not track users’ locations or share data with other entities. Governor Charlie Baker on Monday announced a different digital vaccine card system that vaccinated people in Massachusetts can get and download to their smartphone. This tool is built on the SMART Health Card standard, which is already in use by several other states. The state system confirms an individual’s data against the Massachusetts Immunization Information System and generates a QR code that can be saved and later scanned with an app for verification. Businesses and venues using the state system are encouraged to check a scanned visitor code against some other form of identification. Boston officials say companies are not required to verify a second form of identification. In addition to digital vaccine cards, Boston has instructed companies to accept a physical card, a digital image of a vaccine card or an image of another official immunization record, and both Brooklyn and Salem have announced policies for vaccination requirements similar to Boston. Baker expressed his displeasure with the mandates but said he believes digital cards are an important tool.

As a vaccine authorization rolls out for several Boston inner-city businesses Saturday, city officials are also preparing to launch their own digital vaccine card application.

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s “B Together” plan requires customers and employees to show proof of vaccination in order to enter certain indoor venues, including indoor dining, bars, nightclubs, fitness and entertainment centers.

Many of the affected businesses already had the required signs hung in their front windows.

City officials say the upcoming “B Together” app will allow individuals to store vaccination records for themselves, children or family members. In-app stores are expected to launch on Saturday with support for English, Spanish and Simplified Chinese. Additional languages ​​will follow.

The app is modeled after New York City’s “NYC COVID SAFE” app and was developed with the help of Virginia-based Qlarion, officials said.

Boston officials said the new app will only store data locally on a user’s device and will not track users’ locations or share data with other entities.

Governor Charlie Baker on Monday announced a different digital vaccine card system that vaccinated people in Massachusetts can get and download to their smartphone. This tool is built on the SMART Health Card standard, which is already in use by several other states.

The state system confirms an individual’s data against the Massachusetts Immunization Information System and generates a QR code that can be saved and checked later with a verification app.

Businesses and venues using the state system are encouraged to check a scanned visitor code against some other form of identification.

Boston officials say companies are not required to verify a second form of identification.

In addition to digital vaccine cards, Boston has instructed companies to accept a physical card, a digital photo of a vaccine card, or an image of another official immunization record.

Both Brooklyn and Salem announced policies for vaccination requirements similar to Boston’s. Baker expressed his displeasure with the mandates but said he believes digital cards are an important tool.

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