This microchip implant under your skin stores your Covid Vaccine Passport |

This microchip implant under your skin stores your Covid Vaccine Passport

Swedish startup Epicenter unveils rice-sized microchip implant that stores your Covid Vaccine Passport under your skin.


Epicenter is a Stockholm-based start-up that has developed a ‘unique’ way of carrying a Covid Vaccine Passport – in the form of a microchip under your skin.

In a video by Epicenter, Chief Distribution Officer Hannes Sjöblad has the chip implanted in his arm and simply waves a smartphone over his arm to pull up his vaccination status.

“Implants are very versatile technology that can be used for many different things, and right now it is very convenient to have COVID passport always accessible on your implant.” - Hannes Sjöblad

Venues, bars, restaurants, museums and concerts across the world are now requiring visitors to present their vaccination status in order to enter the building, and Epicenter is simply trying to make this information available as easily as possible.

“In case your phone runs out of battery, it's always accessible to you. So of course, that's how we use this technology today, next year we are going to use it for something else.” - Hannes Sjöblad

The microchip sits directly beneath the skin, either between the thumb and forefinger or somewhere in the arm. 

The microchip does not require any smartphone app for it to function and apparently the procedure is completely reversible.

In 2015, Epicenter announced that it had implanted the microchip in over 100 of its employees. The microchips allow employees to open doors, operate printers, or buy smoothies by simply waving their hand.

The chip is implanted with a quick injection of a syringe and after you hear the click, a microchip is firmly and securely implanted.

Microchip passports are not yet ready for the market and hopefully they never will be. 

It may be ‘convenient’ to implant things like your credit card or keys under your skin, but having a wearable device with your vaccination status, credit card, keys, or anything else, is good enough in this magazine’s opinion.