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Whether they realize it or not, about 200 million people in the United States now likely have access to a Covid-19 digital vaccine card.
The digital pass known as the SMART Health Card is voluntary and minimal by design to protect personal information. It has a person’s name, date of birth and the dates and brands of vaccination doses, all contained within a type of scannable bar code known as a QR code.
The article goes on to state the following:
And after a relatively quiet start, it has built momentum in recent months as more states and companies have signed on, making it something of a de facto national digital vaccine card.
The report notes that any suggestion of a vaccine “passport” has faced opposition, and even been banned, in Republican-led states, and the Biden administration said in March of last year that it would leave any creation of such a national health pass up to the private sector.
But now, the digital cards, which contain an open-source computer code that can be used to ping a verified source of health data and produce a unique QR code, are widely available from over 400 sources including states, pharmacies and health care organizations, NBC News reported.
The QR codes allow a restaurant, concert venue or any participating business to use a scanner app to verify that it’s legitimate. If a person loses their card, they can also re-download the QR code.
Dr. Brian Anderson, chief digital health physician at MITRE, a research nonprofit, and an architect of the health cards, touted, “The beautiful thing about this is that this multistate coalition is a coalition of the willing.”
The report states that the existence of the digital vaccine card “is a triumph for a loose coalition of technologists, nonprofit groups and mostly Democratic states that championed the development of a digital vaccine card even before the first coronavirus shots were administered.”
So far, thirteen states are participating in the program, including:
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
Puerto Rico also uses the program, and several other states are privately exploring the possibility coming on board.
Jamie Zawinski, a software developer who owns a night club, DNA Lounge, in San Francisco, declared, “We won’t be safe until venues are able to *require* SMART Health QR codes and stop accepting paper cards, or photos of cards. And that won’t happen until state or local governments mandate that.”
The U.S. now has a de facto national version of a digital vaccine card. https://t.co/rr2cvuv8lP It happened so quietly, few people have noticed!
— David Ingram (@David_Ingram) January 13, 2022
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