Fact Check: Excelsior vaccination pass expiration date

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)— "My Excelsior Vaccination Pass expired!"

We’re hearing that from more and more of you as proof of vaccination is once again being required at more and more places, but has it really expired?

The short answer is probably not. The confusion comes from some of the first people who got their COVID shots. Here’s the deal: At the beginning of the pandemic the expiration date for the excelsior pass was six months since your last shot. Then back in May, it was extended to a full year. That’s 365 days since your last dose.

The issue? The Excelsior Pass doesn’t automatically update this information. News10NBC has alerted the state about this problem, and it’s still not fixed. So you have to do that on your own basically by starting over.

You can do that by going on the app or online. Delete your old pass and follow the steps to get an updated one.

You may be asking, "Why all the changes?"

State officials say the expiration date is updated based on news from federal and state health experts as science and trial research comes out.

And here’s something you might not know, New York’s new vaccine pass program called "Excelsior Pass Plus" does not have an expiration date.

Just like the first pass – it is a digital copy of your COVID vaccination record. The difference is it can be used outside of NY, and it includes vaccination doses and dates.


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