Those who have received their Covid-19 vaccine yet can enter the details (scan the credentials) to their CLEAR mobile app which will then create a digital health certificate called CLEAR Health Pass.
As many states / authorities only issue a paper certificate of some sort such as the CDC paper card a demand has started to make these digital, prompting a range of providers to offer this service.
With no formal national, let alone international standard it’s easy to throw a few QR codes on the market but there is no guarantee that any business or authority will accept either of these codes unless actually issues by a stealth health authority (such as California offers it).
You can access details about the CLEAR Health Pass here.
Who can use CLEAR Health Pass?
Currently, anyone 18 or older with a US state ID, driver license, US passport, or permanent resident ID is eligible for a CLEAR membership and to use Health Pass. Health Pass is a FREE service but you must enroll in CLEAR to use it, which you can also do for free.
If you’re already a current CLEAR member, simply log into your account, and select ‘Health Pass’ on the home screen.
Here are some features that CLEAR advertises are tied into their mobile app:
I have no doubt that CLEAR is able to save all this in their digital wallet and just emulate a QR code to verify this but in the end the acceptance of such a code depends on the place you’re trying to use it.
While some like sporting events might have actual CLEAR machines to verify visitors, maybe other places what demand to see some sort of vaccination ID are satisfied just flashing the app.
I decided to try out how it works and scanned my CDC paper card I received in California:
I’m not too concerned about uploading this data to CLEAR at this point as they already have my REAL ID and biometric data for airport security verification.
Would I like to upload all my personal information to random companies that are now popping up like mushrooms everywhere? Probably not especially most likely none of them have any government affiliation. At least CLEAR is sanctioned by the DHS/TSA.
Generally speaking the lack of an international standard as far as vaccines go is becoming an issue at some point. It’s already difficult enough to even get your vaccine you received in a foreign country accepted at home, for example during a family visit.
Some states such as California offer official, digital records as I wrote about here two weeks ago:
I guess this official California Department of Health record (QR code) would be accepted more universally than anything CLEAR can offer but as far as I know not every state offers this.
In any case I got my CLEAR for free using the American Express credits from the Green and Platinum cards so there is no money lost here.
Using CLEAR Health Pass is one way to generate an electronic record of your vaccine if you only carry a paper certificate so far and your state doesn’t offer an electronic version.
The acceptance of this record is totally at the discretion of the place where you’re trying to use and present it. There is no guarantee or basis to demand anyone to accept this as proof of vaccination as it’s not an official record. Just an easier way of carrying it around but considering most people probably haven’t even heard about CLEAR I wouldn’t count on it being very useful aside from their official partners.