The VCI™ Charter

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 Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI™) is to harmonize the standards and support development of implementation guides needed to issue, share, and validate vaccination records bound to an individual identity.

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

A SMART Health Card stores healthcare information and other vital medical data. SMART Health Cards provide a platform to:

  • Improve privacy and security of patient information
  • Make medical records portable
  • Reduce healthcare fraud

SMART Health Card Framework

To achieve this purpose, the founding members of VCI™ have collaborated to develop (1) the SMART Health Cards Framework Implementation Guide based on the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Verifiable Credential and Health Level 7 (HL7) SMART on FHIR standards, and (2) the SMART Health Cards: Vaccination & Testing Implementation Guide..

There is no charge for use of VCI™ created standards and implementation guides.

The SMART Health Cards framework includes a requirement that any verifier is able to validate the signature on a Health Card using only publicly available resources (i.e., openly published, web accessible JSON Web Key Set files) with no pre-arrangement or transactional costs.

Participating Organizations

VCI™ participating organizations commit to testing, refining and implementing the SMART Health Cards Framework within their sphere of influence and also commit to providing vaccination records in their stewardship directly to individuals in accordance with the VCI™ Implementation Guide via:

  • Any compatible digital wallet of the individual’s choice
  • PDF or paper with QR codes containing W3C verifiable credentials

Participating organizations issuing SMART Health Cards may also agree to be listed in a common registry of issuers with appropriate conformance testing and associated trust framework.

Where appropriate, participating organizations may also be called upon to assist in the issuing of other records like diagnostic tests, or other ways as needed to ensure the success of the initiative.

Key Design Principles

The Vaccination Credential Initiative is guided by a commitment to the following core design principles:

  • Openness & Interoperability: based on international standards and open technologies and interoperable across countries and regions.
  • Transparency: operated in an open and transparent manner.
  • Privacy by Design: upholds and protects the privacy of individual health data and designed to comply with applicable data privacy regulations.
  • Flexible and Equitable: designed to adapt over time as the pandemic and science evolve. Accessible and usable by anyone worldwide in any language regardless of level of wealth and economic development, including availability in digital and paper (QR code) forms.


The Vaccination Credential Initiative has a Steering Group composed of the founding members of the coalition that are actively supporting and overseeing the implementation guide development process and ensuring that members of VCI™ faithfully implement the standard and adhere to the guiding principles of VCI™. Members of the Steering Group currently include representatives from Mayo Clinic, MITRE Corporation, Microsoft, The Commons Project Foundation, Evernorth and the CARIN Alliance.


  • Access America
  • Acoer
  • AdventHealth
  • aio Digital
  • Airside
  • Akinox Solutions Inc.
  • Allscripts
  • A subsidiary of Inc.
  • Appian
  • Associated Planners of Georgia
  • Atter Pathology Services
  • Auna
  • Aviva Pharmacy
  • Ayodo Foundation
  • Azuba Corporation
  • b.well Connected Health
  • Beth Israel Lahey Health
  • Billon
  • Bluefield Health
  • Care Package Direct LLC
  • CareSpace
  • CARIN Alliance
  • Cerner
  • CERTIFY Global
  • Change Healthcare
  • CIO Strategy Council
  • Clarity Diagnostics
  • Cleared4
  • CodeREADr Inc.
  • Coropass
  • CourMed
  • COVID Immunity Project
  • Covidpedia Labs
  • CPSI
  • CuraPatient, Inc.
  • Daon
  • Digital ID Collaborative @ University of South Florida
  • Dimagi
  • Docket Health, Inc.
  • DrChrono EHR
  • ECP
  • Electronic Health Record Association
  • eLOOP SA
  • EMR Direct
  • Entrust
  • Epic
  • ESAC Inc.
  • Evernorth
  • Evernym
  • Execution L.L.C.
  • Flat Spell Technologies
  • FOLKS - Imunosafe
  • Gainwell Technologies
  • Garnet Healthcare
  • GenuChk
  • Get Real Health
  • Gnomon Informatics SA
  • GoInvo
  • Health Level Seven International (HL7)
  • Healthcare IT Leaders
  • Hearthstone Care
  • Hedera Hashgraph
  • HID Global
  • HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Inc.)
  • Hubbub World
  • Humana
  • Humetrix
  • HyperOffice
  • ibLaunch Company
  • IBM
  • Ideando Inc
  • IdRamp
  • iHealth Paragon dba Healthy Mee
  • Imprivata
  • Intelligent Medical Objects
  • Internet of People - IoP Srl
  • IOTA Foundation
  • IPRD Solutions
  • IriTech, Inc.
  • Keyed Systems
  • Manceps
  • MaxMD
  • Mayo Clinic
  • mdCAREclik
  • Megical
  • mHealthCoach
  • Microsoft
  • myElth
  • MyMeds
  • MyVaxPass
  • NeXplain
  • NextGen Healthcare
  • OneRecord
  • Onyx Technology, LLC
  • Othena
  • Papirys Inc.
  • PathCheck Foundation
  • Patient Centric Solutions, Inc
  • PatientLink
  • Pharmapod Ltd.
  • Plan8
  • Point-of-Care Partners
  • PopcornApps
  • Proof Market
  • SafeWorld™️
  • Saggio Consulting, LLC
  • Sama
  • Scicom (MSC) Bhd
  • ShareMy.Health
  • Shoptaki
  • SITA
  • Skyflow
  • STChealth
  • Strategio Consultant
  • Tamarin Health
  • Taylor Corporation
  • TECH5 SA
  • Technical Writers of India (TWIN)
  • The Commons Project Foundation
  • The Gekko Group
  • The Sequoia Project
  • Threedot
  • TranSendX
  • UC San Diego Health
  • Unhackable
  • Unisys
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
  • University of Chicago Medicine
  • V-Health Passport
  • Valid Entry
  • VaxAtlas, Inc.
  • VAXCheck
  • Veri Doc Global Pty Ltd
  • Verif-y
  • vlinder
  • WebShield Inc.
  • WellUp
  • Wymsical INC
  • Xperterra
  • Zocdoc
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