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Saturday, 23rd January 2021

Local man designs app to help the world get moving post Covid

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James Sharkey.

Bettystown man James Sharkey is on the point of launching a Covid-19 Passport app and already there has been interest from the European Union, the HSE, and Government Minsters in Ireland and the UK.

James spent most of 2019 developing an app that would take the guesswork out of finding people to do various jobs around the house and was on the point of launching his new business, Hired Help Ltd., in February 2020 when the virus struck and everything stopped.

Not one to sit at home licking his wounds though, James was quick to see that there would be a worldwide demand for a system similar to the vaccination record that has been used for many years by people travelling to areas of the word affected by diseases such as yellow fever, typhoid and diphtheria.

He adapted the technology he had developed for Hired Help and  the result is a new smartphone app called Passport for Covid which which enables users who are immunized against COVID-19 to generate and share a digital vaccine certificate instantly.

It is hoped that the app will help communities across the globe to reopen safely as COVID-19 vaccines become more readily available.

“Using secure technology that protects personal health records, Passport for Covid will support the global roll-out of COVID-19 medical vaccines and help to streamline how communities across the globe can safely reopen in light of the ongoing health pandemic” James told Drogheda Life.

“We are proud to launch our vaccination smartphone app in response to the COVID-19 crisis and to help keep our societies safe.”

“Passport for Covid is effective to use in a variety of global settings that require a trusted source of immunity from coronavirus, from large gatherings to airplane travel, and much more.”

The app works by safely collecting users recent COVID-19 test results as well as their vaccination records from a medical provider. The app then issues users a digital certificate to demonstrate the status of their diagnostic testing and immunisation while keeping sensitive health information private.

James is well aware of the opposition in certain circles to the idea of a covid passport but he reckons that such a system will help speed up the return of international travel after the international vaccination programme and is therefore inevitable.

“Passport for Covid is more secure than a printed vaccination record which are open to forgery” James said. “Users build their own profile by uploading their Covid-19 vaccination and testing records and a photo and all their records are stored on encrypted servers for top security.”

Once everything is checked and verified the app user is issued with a digital certificate and a QR Code on their mobile phone which can be scanned by participating businesses such as airlines and restaurants to verify that they are virus free and fully tested.

The Passport for Covid app will be available for download shortly on iOS and Android devices with beta testing now live. For more information and to download, visit https://passportforcovid.com.

See our previous story: “James’ new app to provide all the help you need”

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