A digital COVID-19 vaccination passport is underway as a coalition of technology and health organizations work to allow airlines, countries, and businesses to check if people received the vaccine.
On Thursday, the Vaccination Credential Initiative announced developing a technology that would confirm vaccinations since most countries would likely mandate people to prove to get the shots before entry.
The technology is hoped to allow people to “demonstrate their health status to return to travel safely, work, school and life while protecting their data privacy.”
According to the Financial Times, Microsoft, Oracle, and U.S. nonprofit Mayo Clinic are among the players who launched the initiative. They are using the Commons Project’s international digital document to verify if a person tested negative for COVID-19.
Three major airline alliances currently utilize the Commons Project’s technology, which is in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation.
The Commons Project chief executive Paul Meyer told the outlet that the coalition is in discussion with various governments to form a program that would require either proof of vaccination or a negative test result before entry.
“The goal of the Vaccination Credential Initiative is to empower individuals with digital access to their vaccination records so they can use tools like CommonPass to safely return to travel, work, school, and life while protecting their data privacy,” said Meyer in a release.
Vaccinated citizens currently receive a piece of paper as proof of vaccination. Meyer claims the group could develop a digital certificate of electronic medical records.
The new technology would allow patients to secure their data while being available in a physical QR code or digital wallet to regulate access.
The Times reported that the coalition also expects businesses, including universities and event planners, to require consumers, employees, and workers, to present proof of vaccination.
Oracle’s Global Business Units executive vice president Mike Sicilia said that the passport has to be as easy as online banking.
“We are committed to working collectively with the technology and medical communities, as well as global governments, to ensure people will have secure access to this information where and when they need it,” Sicilia added.
The project develops as new COVID-19 strains pop up worldwide, including the United Kingdom surge, where the virus is believed to be more contagious.