Vaccination Credential Initiative


The Vaccination Credential Initiative is a voluntary coalition of public and private organizations committed to empowering individuals with access to a trustworthy and verifiable copy of their vaccination records in digital or paper form using open, interoperable standards.

The scope of the Vaccine Credential Initiative (VCI™) is to harmonize the standards and produce the implementation guides needed to support the issuance of verifiable health credentials - signed clinical data bound to an individual identity. The VCI does this by leading the development and implementation of the open-source SMART Health Card Framework and specifications.

Individuals can then use those verifiable credentials for medical purposes and to demonstrate their health status to safely return to work, school, travel and life.

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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