Bahrain has become one of the first countries in the world to launch a digital COVID-19 vaccine passport for citizens and residents who have received the dose, according to the Bahrain News Agency. The digital vaccine passport is in the form of an app called ‘The BeAware’ which helps individuals show their immunity status two weeks after receiving both doses of a coronavirus vaccine, when antibodies against the disease have started developing.
Officials will be able to verify the validity of the certificate with a QR code
When a person receives both their doses, the app will display a “COVID-19 Vaccinated” shield accompanied by an official certificate. The certificate will contain details about their name, date of birth, nationality, and when each dose was received. Officials will also be able to verify the validity of the certificate by scanning the QR code on the app linked to a national vaccine register. A citizen is only eligible for a vaccine certificate if they have received two doses of a vaccine with a 21-day period between each. The vaccines authorized by the Bahrain government include the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, the American Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine, the British AstraZeneca-Oxford, and the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.
“The move comes as the International Monetary Fund released new figures projecting Bahrain’s economy will grow by 3.3 percent in 2021, driven by its quick policy response to minimize the impact of the pandemic. This has included rapid and widespread access to vaccinations and salary subsidies,” the government said in a statement.