Berlin – It is not often that something works in Berlin that is not yet working in the rest of the country. But when it comes to the subject of “digital vaccination records”, the capital is in the lead.
On Tuesday evening, a pilot project took place around the basketball game Alba Berlin against Ulm – 1000 spectators were allowed into the hall.
Dr. Florian Kainzinger (39), project manager of the event, on BILD am Sonntag: “We checked vaccination records in front of the hall. Those who were completely vaccinated received a BärCode, which was scanned in at the entrance to the hall. Those who do not yet have full vaccination protection could have themselves tested in one of 15 centers with which we work. Anyone who tested negative also received the BärCode and was able to play with it. “
The BärCode is a development of the Berlin Institute of Health in the Charité, financed with funds from the Senate. It was developed by Prof. Roland Eils (56) and a small group of IT specialists. Eils on BamS: “The aim was to merge the different types of test evidence and vaccination confirmations in a simple and data-saving manner. It was important to us that the system was forgery-proof. “
Experts estimate that up to 30 percent of the test certificates in the capital are forged. Some of them are even created on your own computer.
The BärCode was developed in just six weeks. The group of users is currently limited. But in the next few weeks, some 100,000 people in Berlin are expected to receive such a code, starting with vaccinated hospital employees.
Organizers from culture and sport from all parts of Germany have already contacted us, signaling their interest in the system.
The makers of the BärCode are also ready to make their knowledge available for the EU’s digital vaccination certificate.
And they hope that their system will help save millions of euros in taxpayers’ money. Kainzinger: “The associations of pharmacists and doctors are currently arguing about who will check the vaccination passports and then manually enter the results into the EU app. There are costs of 10 to 20 euros per exam under discussion. With the BärCode this would work faster, safer and much more cost-effectively. “
By the way: The attempt around the basketball game worked. There were smiling faces in the hall too – Alba won the game against Ulm.