- Health and technology giants are coming together to set standards for digital vaccination passports so that people can prove that they have photographed COVID-19.
- Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, Cerner, Epic Systems and Mayo Clinic are all part of the “Vaccination Certificate Program.”
- These passports are useful for boarding, going to work, school, grocery store, live concerts and sporting events.
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Large companies, health organizations and non-profit organizations announced on Thursday morning that they are working together to create a digital vaccine passport so that people can prove their COVID-1
The Vaccine Certification Initiative (a consortium of Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, Cerner, Epic Systems and Mayo Clinic) said it is developing technical standards to enable people to access their immunization records and verify whether they have been vaccinated.
VCI says that people without a smartphone can receive printed QR codes with information.
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Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, Lufthansa and JetBlue Airways said in December that they will begin accepting digital health passes called CommonPass to prove negative for COVID-19.
The pass was created by one of the members of VCI, the Commons Project Foundation, and aims to become an international standard. The plan announced on Thursday is separate and more ambitious.
“The goal of the Vaccination Certificate Program is to enable individuals to access their vaccination records digitally so that they can use tools like CommonPass to safely return to travel, work, school and life while protecting their data privacy,” Paul Meyer, Geneva The CEO of the non-profit organization Commons Project Foundation said in a press release.
The Foundation’s Dr. Brad Perkins said: “In a period of time, most of us will have to prove a negative COVID-19 test or the latest vaccination status to live normally.” The chief medical officer told the New York Times.
Perkins added, “Whether it’s going to another country on a plane, whether it’s going to work, going to school, going to the grocery store, going to a concert or participating in a sports game, it will happen.”
People do not have an online federal system to access their immunization records or set their vaccination status online. The US government gave people paper cards to remind them of the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
The British “Daily Telegraph” reported on Tuesday that the British government is preparing to try out the health passport system developed by biometric technology company iProov and network security organization Mvine. The passport can be accessed through a free application and allows users to prove that they have been vaccinated.