Covid microchip developer explains why people want vaccine passport implant — Analysis

A Swedish company has sparked debate after showcasing a microchip that can be implanted under the skin and scanned as proof of one’s Covid-19 vaccination status.

Epicenter, a Stockholm-based startup developed the microchip technology. It stores the Covid-19 vaccine passport. This technology is becoming increasingly mandatory around the world. It can be read by a device using a near-field communication protocol – the same tech used by credit cards and other digital payment systems.

The chip can be inserted either in one’s arm or between one’s thumb and forefinger, with the data readable through the skin. A unique code generates the individual’s vaccine passport file on a reader, as its makers displayed in the demo video distributed to multiple media outlets. 

Epicenter’s chief distribution officer, Hannes Sjoblad, told the news agency AFP its microchip offered an efficient way to have one’s Covid status checked at a movie theater or shopping center without recourse to a cell phone.

“What matters to me is that the people who get chip implants, they do so on a voluntary basis,”Sjoblad stated. “And because they are curious, and they want to work with this technology.”

The implants cost €100 ($113) a piece and the distributors describe the tech involved as “passive,” as it’s unable to generate a signal on its own – though this has not stopped the prospect of Covid chips raising red flags with activists. 

“Remember when this was just a conspiracy?” US Representative Lauren Boebert (R-Colorado) tweetedIn response to the initial reports on implants. 

In December, Sweden declared that vaccination passports will be required for any event or venue with more than 100 persons. Since then, 6,000 people have chosen to get an implant. 



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