Friends, while you are distracted by the economy, the situation in Ukraine, the dog and pony show that is both chambers of Congress, and protests, do you really know what is going on that you are not supposed to see? It is the quiet, under-the-radar rollout of “vaccine passports” in the united States despite the federal government not issuing a “digital vaccine passport”, some States claiming “digital vaccine passports” will not be allowed, and all the while a “national standard” is being developed.
Suzanne Rowan Kelleher shares the information at Forbes.
While the United States government has not issued a federal digital vaccine pass, a national standard has nevertheless emerged. To date, 21 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico offer accessibility to the SMART Health Card, a verifiable digital proof of vaccination developed through the Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI), a global coalition of public and private stakeholders including Microsoft, Salesforce, Oracle, the Mayo Clinic and other health and tech heavyweights.
And very soon, at least four more states will be rolling out access to SMART Health Cards. “We’ve seen a notable uptick in states that have officially launched public portals where individuals can get verifiable vaccination credentials in the form of SMART Health Cards with a QR code,” says Dr. Brian Anderson, co-founder of the VCI and chief digital health physician at MITRE.
You can see the current 21 States on the map of the united States on the site that offer access to these “digital vaccine passports” as well as the four States that will begin offering access. To save time, the 21 States are Washington, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, Minnesota, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Illinois, Delaware, and Massachusetts. The four States that will begin offering these “digital vaccine passports” are Oregon, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and South Carolina.
There is already an impressively widespread availability of SMART Health Cards in the U.S. More than 200 million Americans can now download, print or store their vaccination records as a QR code. When the QR code is pulled up, only the individual’s name, date of birth and vaccination information is visible. No other medical information or personal data is shared. This code is also digitally signed to ensure that the card was issued from a verified location and to prevent forgery.
For individuals, the benefits of having access to personal digital vaccine record is three-fold. First, it’s a huge plus for travel in the U.S. and abroad.
Many indoor cultural attractions and performance venues in the U.S. require proof of vaccination. “We believe it gives people peace of mind when the folks around them are unlikely to be contagious,” says Gus Warren, CEO of Bindle, a health verification app that allows venues to verify the vaccination status of patrons. [Emphasis mine]
Bindle’s growing list of clients spans more than 30 states, from blue strongholds like California and New York to red leaners like Texas, Florida, Arkansas, Missouri and Georgia. At the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., for example, there’s a Bindle lane that offers fastpass-like efficiency in scanning QR codes from a number of vaccine verification platforms used around the world. [Emphasis mine]
“The SMART Health Card is such an important development and the Vaccine Credential Initiative has been phenomenal in getting this out there,” says Warren, noting that while Bindle recognizes several interoperable standards, the SMART Health Card has emerged as the most important. “Absolutely, it has become the standard across the U.S. and North America.” [Emphasis mine]
Are you getting what is going on? Kelleher continued the report.
“And at an international level, we are continuing to see intense interest in a coordinated international approach,” says Anderson. “And that has not diminished at all. I think quite the opposite.”