A coalition of health and technology organizations is working to develop a digital COVID-19 vaccination passport so companies, airlines and countries can check if people have received the vaccine.
The Vaccination Credential Initiative, announced Thursday, formulates vaccination confirmation technology with the likelihood that some governments will mandate people to prove their shots to enter the nation.
The organization hopes the technology will enable people to “demonstrate their health status to safely return to travel, work, school and life, while protecting their data protection.”
The initiative, which includes members such as Microsoft, Oracle and the US nonprofit Mayo Clinic, uses the work of member Commons Project’s international digital document confirming that a person has tested negative for COVID-19, the Financial Times reported.
The technology of the Commons project, created in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, is leveraged by three major aviation alliances.
The coalition is reportedly in talks with several governments to create a program that requires either negative tests or evidence of vaccination to get in, Paul Meyer, executive director of The Commons Project, told the Times.
“The goal of the Vaccination Credential Initiative is to give individuals digital access to their vaccinations so they can use tools like the CommonPass to safely return to travel, work, school and life, while protecting their data protection,” Meyer said in a release .
The people who have been vaccinated are currently receiving a piece of paper confirming their vaccination, he said, but the coalition was able to develop a digital certificate using electronic medical records.
The technology should enable patients to keep their data safe while available in a digital wallet or a physical QR code so that they can regulate who sees the information.
The Vaccination Credential Initiative expects certain companies such as event planners and universities to require their consumers, students and workers to provide evidence of vaccination, according to the Times.
Mike Sicilia, executive vice president of Oracle’s Global Business Units, said in a statement that the pass “should be as easy as online banking.”
“We are committed to working collectively with technology and medical communities as well as global governments to ensure that people have secure access to this information where and when they need it,” he added.
The project is also evolving as new strains of COVID-19 emerge around the world, including the spread of the variant believed to be more contagious that was discovered in the UK.