There have been rumors that a COVID-19 passport in the form of a microchip implanted into the body would likely be developed, but that speculation was widely dismissed as a "conspiracy theory." However, the conspiracy theory now appears to be close to reality after a tech company touted a microchip that is implanted into the body that can serve as a COVID-19 vaccine passport.
For years, Swedish start-up Epicenter has specialized in implanting microchips the size of grains of rice into the body that can act as key cards to open doors, public transportation passes, or be a credit card. Metro reported, "According to digital cultures researcher Moa Petersen, around 6,000 people in the country have so far had a chip inserted in their hands."
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Stockholm-based Epicenter has worked on developing an implantable microchip that can be used as a coronavirus vaccine passport.
"A start-up hub in Sweden has showcased a new use for its microchip implants: your Covid-19 vaccination passport," the South China Morning Post reported. "The company Epicenter plans to market the versatility of the technology it spent years developing. The chips use Near-field communication (NFC), which can communicate with any NFC-capable smartphone. The company says the procedure is entirely reversible."
Hannes Sjoblad – Epicenter's "Chief Disruption Officer" – demonstrated the subdermal implant that offered COVID-19 vaccination certification in the SCMP video.
"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," Sjoblad told Ruptly last week.
"In case your phone runs out of battery, it’s always accessible to you," he continued. "So of course, that’s how we use this technology today, next year we are going to use it for something else."
There was no shortage of reactions to the report on the implantable microchip COVID-19 vaccine passport.
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) commented on the microchip COVID-19 vaccine passport, "Hey, remember when this was a conspiracy?"
Author Bryan Sharpe wrote, "Mark of the Beast."
Ryan Grim – D.C. bureau chief at The Intercept – asked, "Is this parody or real? Lord."
Host Jesse Lee Peterson responded, "Can't wait til I become a robot!"
Journalist Max Blumenthal noted, "The 'conspiracy theorists' were right again."
YouTube personality Casey Neistat replied, "Just today I was bitching about how stupid paper vaccination cards are and asking for an easier solution.. but this is ahhh… not really what I was thinking."
Young Americans for Liberty tweeted, "It's just 6 feet. It's just a mask. It's just 15 days to slow the spread. It's just a lockdown. It's just a vaccine mandate. It's just a microchip implanted in your arm."