The Vaccination Credential Initiative is a new alliance made up of technology companies such as Microsoft and Oracle in collaboration with medical organizations such as Mayo Clinic. Now what vaccines have started to arrive to some countries, the aim of the association is to develop a digital certificate that allows users to demonstrate which vaccines they have received for COVID-19.
As indicated in the official announcement, it is currently not easy to access a patient’s digital records to check what vaccines they have received. The idea with this digital certificate is to offer a private and secure copy of these records directly on the smartphone. A kind of vaccination card adapted to 2021.
The goal here is to “guarantee access” rather than “create a registry” of vaccines. This is because they will be based on the SMART health card standard already used by hospitals. Thus, it is more of a reading platform than a new system of records.
If this project becomes a reality, users will be able to get a copy in your smartphone wallet that quickly indicates the vaccines for COVID-19 received. Users who do not have a smartphone will receive a QR code that will allow them to access that data just by being scanned.
With it they hope streamline some daily processes and help the economy revive. In principle, a person who has received the vaccines could quickly demonstrate that this is indeed the case to more easily enter public spaces or travel from one place to another where it is normally required to demonstrate immunity to make the trip.
A “certificate of immunity” on your mobile
The idea of offering a certificate of immunity it’s really nothing new, yes he was considering in April 2020 when there was not even a vaccine for COVID-19 yet. By late summer of last year the Community of Madrid was considering creating a primer similar for those who have already acquired immunity.
Its implementation however will not be free of controversy. From an epidemiological point of view, the problem with these certificates is that they cannot guarantee 100% the immunity of a person. They generate scientific and medical doubts.
In Spain the Spanish Society of Preventive Medicine, Public Health and Hygiene (Sempsph) already positioned against these serological passports due to the possible “stratified limitation of fundamental freedoms and rights for health reasons” that this would generate. It must be said, when it was sought to offer an immunological certificate without vaccines and only for the antibodies acquired by having passed already COVID-19.
However, it remains to be seen how well this idea works. Previously, other ideas that seemed ideal on the part of the big technology companies have ended up being a failure. An example of this are the contact tracking apps, what have not become efficient by simple laziness of the users to install them or by precautions such as privacy.
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