Coalition of medical and technology organizations is working to develop a digital vaccination passport, COVID-19, that will allow businesses, airlines and countries to verify whether people have received the vaccine.
The Vaccination Initiative, announced Thursday, is developing technology to verify vaccinations with the possibility that some governments will require people to provide proof of their vaccinations in order to enter a country.
The organization hopes the technology will allow people to “demonstrate their health status so they can safely return to travel, work, school and life while protecting the privacy of their data.”
The initiative, which includes members such as Microsoft, Oracle and the American nonprofit Mayo Clinic, is using the results of an international digital Commons Project document confirming a negative COVID-19 test, the Financial Times reported.
Commons Project technology, created in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, is already being used by three major airline alliances.
The coalition is reportedly in talks with several governments to create a program requiring either negative tests or proof of vaccination, Paul Meyer, executive director of The Commons Project, told the Times.
“The goal of the Vaccine Initiative is to give people digital access to their vaccination records so they can use tools like CommonPass to safely return to travel, work, school and life while protecting the privacy of their data,” Meyer said in a statement.
He said people who have been vaccinated currently receive a piece of paper verifying their vaccination, but the coalition could develop a digital certificate using electronic health records.
The technology should allow patients to keep their data safe, being available in a digital wallet or physical QR code so they can regulate who sees the information.
The vaccination initiative would require certain businesses, such as event organizers and universities, to require their consumers, students and employees to provide proof of vaccination, the Times reports.
Mike Sicilia, executive vice president of Oracle Global Business Units, says in a statement that the passport “should be as simple as online banking.”
“We are committed to working with the technology and medical communities, as well as global governments, to ensure that people have secure access to this information, no matter where or when they might need it,” he added.
The project is also evolving as new strains of COVID-19 emerge around the world, including the spread of a more infectious variant that has been detected in the United Kingdom.