Vaccination Credential Initiative

About the Vaccination Credential Initiative

The Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI) brings together healthcare organizations, technology firms, nonprofits, academia, and startups working to empower consumers to conveniently access, store, and share digital COVID-19 vaccination records.

Why now?

Individuals inoculated for COVID-19 need convenient access and control of their immunization records to safely return to work, school, events, and travel.

The primary aim of VCI is to enable individuals to access a trustworthy and verifiable copy of their vaccination records in digital or paper form. To achieve this purpose, participating organizations commit to implementing, testing, and refining the SMART Health Cards Framework within their sphere of influence and will also commit to providing vaccination records directly to citizens if such records are in their stewardship. They may also be called upon to assist in other ways as necessary to ensure the success of the initiative.

To ensure that convenient access to records crosses the digital divide and does not exacerbate health inequities, those without smartphones could receive paper printed with QR codes containing W3C verifiable credentials.

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