- Health and tech giants are meeting to create standards for digital vaccination passes so people can prove they’ve had a COVID-19 shot.
- Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, Cerner, Epic Systems and the Mayo Clinic are part of the Vaccination Credential Initiative.
- These passports can be useful for boarding flights and at work, school, grocery stores, live concerts and sporting events.
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Large companies, healthcare organizations and non-profit organizations announced Thursday morning that they are working together to create digital vaccination passports so people can prove their COVID-1
The Vaccination Credential Initiative – a coalition that includes Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, Cerner, Epic Systems and the Mayo Clinic – said it developed technological standards to allow people to access their immunization records and check if they have had their vaccine.
The VCI said people without smartphones could receive printed QR codes with the information.
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Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, Lufthansa and JetBlue said in December that they would start accepting a digital health pass called the CommonPass as evidence of a negative COVID-19 test.
This passport was created by one of the members of the VCI, Commons Project Foundation, and is designed to be an international standard. The initiative, which was announced on Thursday, is separate – and more ambitious.
“The goal of the Vaccination Credential Initiative is to give individuals digital access to their vaccination records so they can use tools like CommonPass to safely return to travel, work, school and life, while protecting their data protection,” said Paul Meyer, CEO of The Commons Project Foundation, a nonprofit in Geneva, said in a press release.
“For a while, most of us will have to demonstrate either a negative COVID-19 test or an updated vaccination status to complete the normal routines of our lives,” says Dr. Brad Perkins, of the fund told The New York Times.
Perkins added that it would happen “whether it’s getting on a plane and going to another country, whether it’s going to work, to school, to the grocery store, to live concerts or sporting events.”
There is no existing federal system for people to access their immunization records online or set their vaccination status. The US government is giving people paper cards reminding them to get their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The UK government is ready to test a healthcare system developed by iProov, a biometric company, and Mvine, a cybersecurity group, The Telegraph reported on Tuesday. The passport would be available via a free app and allow users to prove they have been vaccinated.