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