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Digital COVID-19 “vaccine passport” launched in Bahrain

The app BeAware allows individuals to see their immunity status two weeks after receiving both doses.

Bahrain, one of the first nations in the world, launched a digital COVID-19 “vaccine passport”.

Bahrain’s app, BeAware, allows individuals to track their status and progress in receiving the two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as the human body starts to developed antibodies two weeks after injecting both doses.

The ‘Covid-19 Vaccinated’ shield together with an official certificate complete with users’ name, date of birth, nationality, and which vaccine they received.

Using a QR code in the certificate, officials can verify the validity by linking the certificate to the national vaccine register.

Users need to have two doses of vaccine with 21 days between each dose to access the digital certificate. The user will wait for two weeks after the second dose for the human body to start developing antibodies.

Countries like Denmark and Sweden are also developing a similar program and will soon be launched of the service in the coming weeks.

Driven by its quick policy response to minimize the impact of the pandemic the launch was largely influenced by IMF released figures of Bahrain’s economy to grow 3.3% in 2021. This has included rapid and widespread access to vaccinations and salary subsidies.

Last month Bahrain open free vaccine appointments to the entire nation offering all citizens and residents access to the vaccine, all have a choice between the Sinopharm, Phizer-BioNTech, AztraZeneca, or Sputnik V variants.

Bahrain officially approved a Covid-19 vaccine for frontline health workers, and then out to all of its citizens and residents over the age of 18 last November 2020. Rapid testing services have also been made available by the kingdom which can diagnose Covid-19 in 15 minutes without the need of a medical expert.

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