Indy Vax Pass site launched to encourage live music, event attendees to use digital passes to show COVID vaccine status


INDIANAPOLIS — A new website is making it easier to attend live events where a COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID test is required.

Indy Vax Pass was created in partnership with Bindle, a mobile app vaccine passport platform, and the Arts Council and the Indiana Independent Venue Alliance.

While the Bindle app has been available for a few months, the Indy Vax Pass is an effort to have the app reach a wider audience.

How it works

You first need to download the Bindle app on your smart phone. It’s available in the Apple store for iPhone users and the Galaxy store and Google Play for android users. The app is free to set up. You’ll need a profile picture, date of birth, and email address.

You then need to upload images of your COVID-19 vaccination card or test results.

When it’s time go to a concert or other live event, search for the venue where it’s being held and create a digital pass.

According to Indy Vax Pass, the Bindle app keeps your personal health information private. It is not shared with venues or government entities.

The only information the digital entry pass displays is your photo and a QR code.

Cybersecurity experts said people are right to be cautious about putting their personal information into an app.

“I don’t mean to leave folks with this suggestion that this is necessarily a bad idea,” Scott Shackelford, Chair of Cybersecurity Risk Management Program at Indiana University, said. “But I think it is smart to be cautious with what apps are being used, what permissions they’re requesting and how much information they are asking you to give over to use these apps.”

Shackelford encourages everyone to look for ways to secure their information.

“Use passwords that encrypt the information on your phone,” Shackelford explained. “If the app gives you a chance to use multifactor authentication, so if it gives you a text message to verify who you say you are, make sure to opt into all those extra layers because that really makes it a lot less likely that you’ll become a victim if something does, unfortunately, go wrong.”

The Hi-Fi, Hi-Fi Annex, Square Cat Vinyl are some of the venues that require proof of COVID-19 vaccine or negative test results for entry to its events.

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