Bahrain has launched a digital COVID-19 vaccine passport for citizens and residents who were inoculated – one of the first countries in the world to do so.
The BeAware app would enable individuals to show their immunity status 2 weeks after receiving both doses of a coronavirus vaccine, when antibodies against the disease have started developing, the Bahrain News Agency (BNA) said.
Once a person has received both doses, the app will display a “COVID-19 Vaccinated” shield accompanied by an official certificate that details their name, date of birth, nationality, and when each dose was administered, BNA said.
“The move comes as the International Monetary Fund released new figures projecting Bahrain’s economy will grow by 3.3% in 2021, driven by its quick policy response to reduce the impact of the global pandemic. This has included swift and widespread access to vaccinations and salary subsidies,” the government said in a statement.
Authorities will also be able to verify the validity of the certificate by scanning the QR code on the app that is linked to a national vaccine register.
Individuals will only be vaccine certified if they received two doses of a vaccine with a 21-day period between each.
Bahrain has authorized the American Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine, the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, the British AstraZeneca-Oxford, and the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.