Bahraini phone app launches vaccination certificate

Users of the BeAware Bahrain mobile application can receive a certificate proving they have received the vaccine against COVID-19.

al-monitor A large billboard carries a message encouraging people to take part in a voluntary free vaccination campaign against COVID-19 outside the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Center in the capital, Manama, on Dec. 24, 2020. Photo by MAZEN MAHDI/AFP via Getty Images.

Feb 17, 2021

A Bahraini government mobile application allows people to digitally register the status of their immunity to COVID-19 after receiving the vaccine.

The BeAware Bahrain app offers a coronavirus vaccination certificate that enables users to receive the certificate stating that they are vaccinated against the virus. To receive the certificate, people must receive two doses of the vaccine 21 days apart and then wait two weeks after the second dose for antibodies to develop, according to the app.

Vaccines against COVID-19 typically require two doses to be fully effective.

The application is available on both Apple and Android smartphones.

BeAware has several other functions pertaining to the virus as well. Users can register to take the vaccine and also receive virus test results.

The application does not appear to allow people to register their immunity by proving they have contracted and recovered from COVID-19.

Several Gulf media outlets reported on the app’s vaccine certificate feature on Wednesday, dubbing it a “Covid vaccine passport.”

Bahrain is well into its vaccination campaign and has administered more than 250,000 doses so far, according to Our World in Data.

The virus continues to spread in Bahrain. The country registered 771 new infections on Tuesday among its population of more than 1.6 million, according to the Bahraini Ministry of Health. The country is experiencing historic highs in daily cases this month, according to Worldometer.