In April 2021, the Biden administration made an announcement that the federal government would not be mandating a vaccine passport system in the United States. White House press secretary Jen Psaki stated:
Let me be very clear on this, I know there’s been lots of questions. The government is not now, nor will we be, supporting a system that requires Americans to carry a credential. There will be no federal vaccinations database and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential.
Although the White House said it would not be involved in a national vaccine passport initiative, many private sector initiatives embarked on the business opportunity to create digital vaccine passports.
One of these initiatives is the Vaccine Credential Initiative (VCI)—a voluntary global coalition of public and private stakeholders including Microsoft, Salesforce, Google, Oracle, the Mayo Clinic, United Healthcare Group state governments and other health and technology companies, which have been involved in creating a verifiable digital proof of vaccination application called the SMART Health Card.
SMART Health Card is Considered the “National Standard” Vaccine Passport”
While the federal government decided not to lead the development of a national vaccine passport, the SMART Health Card has been launched in twenty states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. At least four more states may eventually provide access to SMART Health Cards. Brian Anderson, MD, co-founder of the VCI and chief digital health physician at the MITRE Corporation said:
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.
Currently, signing up for the SMART Health Card is voluntary…
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