Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish is sponsoring a new “health pass”...

Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish is sponsoring a new “health pass”...
Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish is sponsoring a new “health pass”...
Sir Kenny Dalglish has highlighted the importance of introducing new “health passport” technology to allow fans to safely return to football stadiums amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Liverpool Legend is an ambassador for VST Enterprises (VSTE) – a company that created a secure digital health passport called V-Health Passport, which they believe will be key to bringing fans back to football stadiums.

So far, the UK government has yet to say exactly when fans will be allowed to return to sports venues – although Sports Secretary Nigel Huddleston recently said he wanted this to happen “as soon as it is safe”.

Almost all top sport in England has been behind closed doors since March, and the Premier League is in constant talks with MPs about when spectators can return to the grounds.

The V-Health Passport allows COVID-19 test results to be uploaded to a phone – meaning users can demonstrate they can safely attend sports and other events – and it is already used in logistics depots across Ireland to use it People can move around safely at work.

When a member of the public creates an account with VSTE, they can use the app to book a coronavirus test to be done at a medical center that complies with government guidelines.

The test results are then uploaded to V-Health Passport, and the app shows your current health status – as a unique digital “VCode” which, according to the company, can be scanned from a distance of 100 m, far beyond the social requirements of 2 m Distancing addition.

Negative test results are also shown as a green check mark on the ‘Pass’ and Sir Kenny, who used the technology himself, has expressed his belief that the V-Health Pass is the best way to get fans safely into the stadiums bring back.

“I know people want to get back to football,” he told ECHO in an exclusive interview.

“But the most important thing is to get back to football when it’s safe and healthy.

“So preventive cases have to be brought up to find out which is the best and which is the safest, and I think the V-Health Pass alongside testing does just that – as long as you’re up to date with your testing it will be very helpful.

“I think everyone is looking for a little elevator right now in terms of the joys in life, be it sports, theater, cinema, or dining out.

“And whatever you can get to make it possible for people, the better it is for everyone.”

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People without a smartphone can continue to use the V-Health Pass by printing out a unique digital VCode and storing the data on it.

Louis-James Davis, founder and developer of VSTE’s VSTE Pass, addressed concerns people may have when their data is stored and maintained in an unsecure manner.

And Mr. Davis said that since 2013 the company has been developing its “next generation barcode technology,” VCode, as an “ultra-secure” method of storing data.

“This is data sovereignty, so you have the passport,” he told ECHO.

“If you go to a doctor with this passport, he can see all of his patients on one screen as the current administrator of them.

“However, if you take it to another doctor, the original can no longer see your passport.

“You essentially take it where you want and it will be assigned to a new professional.”

What is also unique to the V-Health Passport is that when you take it to a stadium or venue, when you approach it and scan it, it tells the system that you had a test and are negative – but it will es See your data only as an anonymous code so that no personal data is stored.

It will also note where you were checked in. Then if you test positive for COVID-19, an alert will be sent to anyone who checked in at a location where you were tested. But the only people who can see where you have been is yourself and the venue – though Mr Davies said they will only see it anonymously.

VSTE has been in talks with the Premier League – claiming top bosses are keen to roll this out if they can test the technology.

Mr Davis said, “If we could list some trials, the Premier League would be completely behind in allowing us to.”

“Since Sir Kenny got on board, we’ve been talking to club doctors and football club surgery teams to see if we can get socially distant fans into a V-Health pass to prove the concept in a crowd situation. It shouldn’t take much longer than it already did. ”

Mr Davis and Mr Kenny also spoke with Liverpool City Council on Friday about collecting experimental results from the mass tests being done across the city that have been added to the V-Health Pass.

His idea would be for people to have the passport and spend Christmas with their families or go to restaurants and watch football games, safe in the knowledge that they are not carrying coronavirus.

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Sir Kenny said: “The safe return of fans to football stadiums is a top priority for all football clubs across the UK and around the world now and for the future of the game.

“Without the fans there is no nice game, it is a way of life for so many people, it is tribal life, it is about a group of like-minded people who have a passion and are proud of what their team represents.”

“Football is part of our DNA, it’s our culture, we went through two world wars and many national tragedies along the way, but football has always been a unifying force.

“The coronavirus outbreak has hit many people across the country and families have lost loved ones. I also tested positive for Covid earlier this year, and the support and care from the NHS has been excellent, so I understand firsthand.

“Football and sports in the UK are huge contributors to positive mental health and any technology that can ensure fans get back to the game safely is a winner.

“The faster the results are available and the more secure the app, the better.”

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