While the national vaccination plan advances, the City of Buenos Aires will launch this Wednesday the COVID-19 certificate so that porteños and porteñas can access from WhatsApp a file with updated information on their swabs and vaccinations that were applied to them.
The function will be in force from this Wednesday and will be officially presented by the City Government. And will provide a health digital credential.
To achieve this, it will be necessary to send a message to the phone 1150500147, known as Boti and write “Covid Certificate”. The now famous Buenos Aires bot -which answers jokes- will then request the user your DNI number and in a few seconds it will provide information on the vaccines received and the latest tests carried out on the devices of the Buenos Aires Government.
The downloaded credential will include a QR code to share this data where necessary. It will allow to validate the veracity of the information and will maintain encrypted personal data that are not related to the coronavirus. Thus, it can be scanned to confirm that the person is vaccinated without the need to check data by data.
Technological innovation is ahead of health passes that may be established, a measure that is also evaluated -not without delay- by the Province of Buenos Aires for gauges of closed places.
What will the chats be like for the COVID-19 certificate with the City’s WhatsApp.
“Unlike other solutions, when doing it through WhatsApp, no need to download any application, lose space on the cell phone or learn to use anything new. We chose to do it there because it is what people use every day ”, the Buenos Aires Secretary of Innovation and Digital Transformation, Fernando Benegas, told Clarín.
Horacio Rodríguez Larreta with his Buenos Aires Chief of Staff Felipe Miguel and Fernán Quirós, Minister of Health. Photo Press GCBA
In the last hours the City reported that the 80% of the Buenos Aires population over 18 years old you already have at least one dose and more of 25% has the complete vaccination schedule with two doses.
In this sense, during this Monday 38,839 people were vaccinated, the maximum number reached during a day in the 37 posts that the Federal Capital has.
The chats with the WhatsApp of the City. The vaccine and swab certificate is encrypted in a QR code.
Regarding the advancement of the vaccination stages, since last week doses have been applied in the City to anyone who is 18 years or older, who can register through the web buenosaires.gob.ar/vacunacovid, where also sthe registration is open for those who are part of the groups contemplated in the previous stages.
Delayed promise in Province
The system of “health pass“It was presented last week in the province of Buenos Aires and although it should begin to be implemented this Monday, it was postponed because it is not regulated.
As explained by the Buenos Aires governor, Axel Kicillof, the restaurants, bars, clubs or gyms may extend the capacity allowed to serve customers in closed places only for people vaccinated against the coronavirus, with the first or second dose.
As confirmed to Clarion Government sources and businessmen in the sector, the authorities they have not yet published the resolution that enables the entry of more public in all these establishments.
The decision was accepted by the businessmen of the sector, but there were uncertainty about controls and the details of the implementation. Those assumptions were confirmed. This Monday the flexibility should begin to govern, but it was postponed because the details and the official authorization they were not defined.