A coalition of technology firms and health organizations announced plans Thursday for a digital vaccination certificate, which can be used on smartphones to show evidence of inoculation for COVID-19.
The Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI) includes the Mayo Clinic, Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce.
The companies said they were working on a way to get digital credentials—which some call a vaccination “passport”—widely recognized, as a way to help people return to work, school, events, and travel.
The new group said it would develop standards for encrypted digital copies of immunization credentials which can be stored in a digital wallet.
The goal “is to empower individuals with digital access to their vaccination records,” said Paul Meyer of The Commons Project Foundation, a nonprofit group