Province to launch vaccination QR code scanner app within weeks – CBC

QR code intended to complement current options for proof of vaccination

Dec 02, 2021

New Brunswickers will soon have the option to use a QR code to enter businesses and services requiring proof of vaccination.

But before that option becomes available, the province first has to complete development of the technology that can scan the code.

In an emailed response to CBC, the Department of Public Health noted it should take a couple more weeks to complete the verifier application.

Use of the scanning app is intended to be voluntary for businesses, venues and events, to complement current options for proof of vaccination.

For Mike Maxwell, the senior vice-president of Halifax-based digital security solutions company OARO, having the QR code available before a scanning system is in place is a bit of a concern.

“It won’t be as efficient and effective, obviously, if there is no way to read or verify the QR code,” Maxwell said in an interview.

“The solution being single-sided or not being complete doesn’t fly, but there is a bit of a chicken and the egg where you need the QR code first,” he said.

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