Tech Companies Join Effort Focused on Covid-19 Vaccine Records
By Micah Maidenberg
Businesses including Microsoft Corp., Oracle Corp. and Cerner
Corp. are working with health groups on an effort to help people
easily show they have received a Covid-19 vaccine.
The companies and organizations, including Mayo Clinic, are
behind the Vaccination Credential Initiative, which aims to ensure
consumers can access their vaccination records as the economy opens
back up and daily life returns to more normal conditions following
The effort is meant to help people demonstrate their vaccination
status so they can "safely return to travel, work, school, and
life, while protecting their data privacy," said Paul Meyer, chief
executive of the Commons Project Foundation, another group involved
in the project.
People who don't have smartphones could receive printouts that
have QR codes that can be scanned to show their vaccination status,
Health groups that participate in the effort will agree to
provide people with digital access to the records using common
software standards. Mike Sicilia, executive vice president of
Oracle's Global Business Units, said accessing data for
vaccinations, testing and other medical records needs to be as
simple as online banking.
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(END) Dow Jones Newswires
January 14, 2021 11:15 ET (16:15 GMT)
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