Charlie Baker, Governor of Massachusetts: Vaccine Pass Program May Soon Come to ’15 or 20 ‘States

BOSTON – A COVID-19 vaccination pass program that would allow residents to quickly demonstrate their vaccine status may soon be up and running in Massachusetts and several other states, Governor Charlie Baker said Monday.

Evidence of vaccination will be available on a QR code on a person’s mobile phone. The code could be quickly scanned to show the person’s vaccination status.

“It’s a universal standard, and we’ve worked with a lot of other states, probably 15 or 20 of them, to try to create a single QR code that can be used for all sorts of things, where people can choose to require a vaccine, “Baker said Monday during an appearance on GBH News.

The Republican said he already has a QR code on his phone with his vaccination status.

Baker also said booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine are available nationwide, though it can take from 10 days to two weeks to schedule an appointment to receive one.

The state is experiencing increased demand for the vaccines, he added.

Nearly 19,000 Massachusetts residents have died from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

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