- Health and technology giants are coming together to create standards for digital vaccination passports so that people can prove they have had COVID-19.
- Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, Cerner, Epic Systems and Mayo Clinic are part of the vaccination initiative.
- These passports can be useful for boarding planes and going to work, school, grocery stores, live concerts and sporting events.
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Large companies, healthcare and non-profit organizations announced on Thursday morning that they are working together to create digital vaccination passports so that people can prove their immunization status against COVID-1
The Credentials Vaccination Initiative – a coalition of Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, Cerner, Epic Systems and Mayo Clinic – said it was developing technology standards to allow people to access their immunization records and verify that they had the vaccine.
VCI said that people without smartphones can 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 begin accepting a digital health card called CommonPass as evidence of a negative COVID-19 test.
This pass was created by one of the members of the VCI, the Commons Project Foundation, and is designed to be an international standard. The initiative, announced on Thursday, is separate – and more ambitious.
“The aim of the Vaccination Initiative is to enable people with digital access to their vaccination records so that they can use tools such as CommonPass to return safely to travel, work, school and life, while protecting the confidentiality of their data, ”Paul Meyer, executive director of the nonprofit Commons Project Foundation in Geneva, said in a statement.
“For some time, most of us will have to demonstrate either negative COVID-19 testing or current vaccination status to adhere to normal routines in our lives,” Dr. Brad Perkins, chief medical officer, told The New York Times.
Perkins added that this would happen “whether it’s getting on a plane and going to another country, whether it’s work, school, a grocery store, live concerts or sporting events.”
There is no existing federal system through which people can access their immunization records online or determine their vaccination status. The US government is giving people paper cards reminding them to take their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The UK government will test a health passport system developed by iProov, a biometric company, and Mvine, a cybersecurity group, The Telegraph reported on Tuesday. The passport will be accessible through a free application and will allow users to prove that they have been vaccinated.