CES 2022 is the first big vaccine verification test for in-person tech events.
You can’t miss the green banner that appears at the top of every page on the CES 2022 website: “You MUST be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to get a badge and access CES in person in Las Vegas.” CTA also requests that in-person attendees take a self-assessment 24 hours before leaving for the event and 24 hours after arrival.
In September, Salesforce asked the few in-person attendees at Dreamforce 2021 to show proof of vaccination to enter the event, but CES 2022 will be the first large-scale event that requires vaccine verification. Alla Valente, a Forrester senior analyst said CTA’s decision to require vaccination reflects a trend it has seen among many of its clients.
“The Forrester customers we spoke to are choosing to follow the science and require proof of vaccination for all employees, regardless of whether those employees work in an office or from home,” he said.
Operational details vary, from educational efforts on the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine to incentives to encourage people to get the jab for vaccination verification.
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CES announced the vaccination requirement in the middle of the year and requires US attendees to use the CLEAR app to check vaccination status.
“Outside the US, domestic applications are the norm, such as the ‘Green Pass’ in the EU, the NHS COVID Pass in the UK and CANImmunize in Canada,” he said. “In the US, it’s a bit more complicated as there is no federal enforcement and some states have moved to ban vaccination ‘passports’ altogether.”
Valente named New York’s Excelsior Pass and MyIR Mobile used in seven states as the most successful vaccine verification apps in the entire state. In the absence of a government application, some companies are using applications from HR software vendors such as Workday, ADP, and ServiceNow, or specially designed products such as ReturnSafe.
“We see some conference organizers take the biometric route to verify vaccination by partnering with CLEAR and its Health Pass technology,” he said.
CLEAR has many event clients lined up for 2022, based on the conference list displayed on the Health Pass app. The list includes the American Physical Therapy Association, Structured Finance 2022, Work Truck Week 2022, and CES 2022.
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Lynne A. Dunbrack, group vice president for IDC Health Insights and IDC Government Insights, said that vaccine verification systems must be linked to vaccine databases to ensure the accuracy of information provided and include vaccine dates. , the brand and the status of the COVID-19 test.
“The public key infrastructure allows digital signatures to show which health authority issued the passport, making the content tamper-proof,” he said.
In addition, the passport must store a minimum amount of personal data about the person to prevent the passport data from being used for tracking or aggregation.
“The passport should not convey the passport details, which should be stored on the consumer’s device, but rather validates the signature based on PKI,” he said. “Everything about COVID-19 has become a target for bad actors to exploit and aggregating data on vaccine status and related personal health information is no different.”
Dunbrack said companies will have to build trust among employees and other users to ensure adoption of any verification app, as people are concerned about sharing sensitive medical information with employers and others.
“We saw what happened with attempts to implement contact tracing applications at the local, state or national level,” he said. People resisted using them because they didn’t want to be tracked and their location data stored by a third party. “
Dunbrack expects similar concerns about sharing the status of the vaccine.
“The challenge is that consumers will have to use multiple apps to test their vaccination status because conference and entertainment venues, the travel and hospitality industry, and state and local governments will use different apps,” he said.
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Valente said there are privacy and security risks as with any technology, including the risk of a data breach or data breach that could share confidential information with third parties without consent.
“We are still in the very early stages of the vaccination and verification mandates and we expect this market and the sentiment around it to continue to change,” he said.
CLEAR health pass
Each CES attendee has to collect their own credential and show proof of vaccination to do so.
In-person assistants from the US will use the CLEAR app’s Health Pass to display a digital copy of a vaccination card. CLEAR’s identity verification via biometric data was first used for airport security checks. The company added the Health Pass feature in 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Jeanne Abella, senior event communications coordinator at CTA, said the free CLEAR mobile app and Health Pass provide a simple and secure way to share immunization status.
“CES wanted to use a third-party platform that was easy for attendees to use,” he said. “CES also appreciated working with a platform that has experience in verifying this type of information.”
International attendees must show a digital or paper copy of their vaccination record and a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than one day before traveling to the U.S. Digital vaccination certificates and mobile apps will also be accepted as many countries have issued. Immunization records must clearly indicate the following:
- Full name
- Type of vaccine administered
- Date the vaccine was received
- Place where the vaccine was administered
The CTA notes that “buying, selling or using a fraudulent vaccination card is a state and federal crime.”
Individuals will also receive a self-assessment kit with their event badges. The Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Self-Test requires a shallow nasal swab, takes 15 minutes, and is an Honoree in the CES 2022 Innovation Awards program.
CTA is providing COVID-19 testing on site for attendees, but has not said whether the organization will track the number of cases that crop up during the event.
“CES attendees are encouraged to download the COVID Trace app developed by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services,” Abella said. “The mobile app uses a technology called the Google and Apple Exposure Notification System.”
CTA has implemented several other safety protocols, such as improved ventilation and social distancing.