Hawaii is currently considering a vaccine passport for travelers, government officials said.
The passport will likely be in app-form. Travelers can use their vaccination card as proof while the app is being developed, reports KHON2.
“You would have a company that would do spot checking and certainly, you can check the card itself and make sure that it looks legitimate and so on,” said Lt. Governor Josh Green.
Individuals who fake a vaccination card could face punishments that include a $5,000 fine and up to a year in prison.
“I think if people are gonna show their card for a trip, it’s gonna be very rare that someone goes to that length and put themselves kind of in jeopardy to just have a vacation,” said Green.
The state wants to work with a local company, First Vitals, to create a digital vaccine passport.
“They would be able to verify the health record, they would then encrypt it so people can’t steal someone’s health record. Although really, all it is is whether you got vaccinated or not and your name and the date it occurred,” said Green.
“I would love to pilot it in mid-April with the cards at least for inter-island travel. I think that makes a lot of sense. It would immediately empower probably about half of our travelers inside the islands to travel safely,” continued Green.
Those who have received the vaccine will have a generated QR code if it has been over two weeks since the vaccination date. Tourism officials believe it will bring in more visitors.
“That’s what we see, families that haven’t seen each other for a while that live in Kauai, Maui, Hawaii Island, Oahu. And this will allow that kind of travel to take place without the additional cost of being tested,” said Mufi Hannemann, president and CEO of the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association.