Published: 2021-02-18 12:16
Last Updated: 2021-03-01 17:18
Wednesday, Bahrain launched a digital coronavirus vaccine passport for residents and citizens who have been inoculated, making the Gulf country one of the first nations to do so.
The digital application, called 'BeAware,' enables people to show their immunity status only two weeks after receiving both doses of the vaccine, which is when antibodies start to develop against COVID-19, stated the Bahrain News Agency.
When someone receives both vaccine doses, the application will show a shield with the words "COVID-19 Vaccinated" on it which is accompanied by a certificate with details, including a name, nationality, date of birth, and the dates of when the vaccines were received.
Notably, citizens and residents will only be certified if they received two doses of a vaccine with a 21-day period between each.
Additionally, the app will be linked to a national vaccine register, and authorities will be able to scan a QR code to verify the validity of the vaccine certificates.
According to the Bahraini government, this decision was made due to predictions made by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which projected Bahrain's economy to grow by 3.3 percent in 2021, driven by the governments quick policy response to minimizing the repercussions of the pandemic.
This included the speedy and widespread access to vaccinations and salary subsidies, added the government.
Bahrain has authorized four vaccines, including the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, the American-German Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the British-Swedish AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine, and the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.