A National Vaccine Passport Has Quietly Rolled Out – And Red States Are Joining

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While the United States government has not issued a federal digital vaccine pass, a national standard has emerged and 21 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico offer the SMART Health Card, a verifiable digital proof of vaccination developed through the Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI), a global coalition of public and private stakeholders including Microsoft, Salesforce, Oracle, the Mayo Clinic and other health and tech heavyweights. Utah was the first red state to offer the SMART Health Card while Arizona, Mississippi and West Virginia are using other third-party digital verification sources for vaccine verification. Every Canadian province has adopted SMART Health Card verification, as has Singapore and Japan.

While the United States government has not issued a federal digital vaccine pass, a national standard has nevertheless emerged. To date, 21 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico offer accessibility to the SMART Health Card, a verifiable digital proof of vaccination developed through the Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI), a global coalition of public and private stakeholders including Microsoft, Salesforce, Oracle, the Mayo Clinic and other health and tech heavyweights.

And very soon, at least four more states will be rolling out access to SMART Health Cards. “We’ve seen a notable uptick in states that have officially launched public portals where individuals can get verifiable vaccination credentials in the form of SMART Health Cards with a QR code,” says Dr. Brian Anderson, co-founder of the VCI and chief digital health physician at MITRE.

Half of US states either already offer accessibility to SMART Health Cards or have it in the works. DATAWRAPPER
There is already an impressively widespread availability of SMART Health Cards in the U.S. More than 200 million Americans can now download, print or store their vaccination records as a QR code. When the QR code is pulled up, only the individual’s name, date of birth and vaccination information is visible. No other medical information or personal data is shared. This code is also digitally signed to ensure that the card was issued from a verified location and to prevent forgery.

SMART Health Cards Ease Travel

For individuals, the benefits of having access to personal digital vaccine record is three-fold. First, it’s a huge plus for travel in the U.S. and abroad.

Many indoor cultural attractions and performance venues in the U.S. require proof of vaccination. “We believe it gives people peace of mind when the folks around them are less likely to be contagious,” says Gus Warren, CEO of Bindle, a health verification app that allows venues to verify the vaccination status of patrons.

Bindle’s growing list of clients spans more than 30 states, from blue strongholds like California and New York to red leaners like Texas, Florida, Arkansas, Missouri and Georgia. At the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., for example, there’s a Bindle lane that offers fastpass-like efficiency in scanning QR codes from a number of vaccine verification platforms used around the world.

“The SMART Health Card is such an important development and the Vaccine Credential Initiative has been phenomenal in getting this out there,” says Warren, noting that while Bindle recognizes several interoperable standards, the SMART Health Card has emerged as the most important. “Absolutely, it has become the standard across the U.S. and North America.”

“And at an international level, we are continuing to see intense interest in a coordinated international approach,” says Anderson. “And that has not diminished at all. I think quite the opposite.”

To wit: Every Canadian province has now adopted SMART Health Card verification, as has Aruba, the Cayman Islands, Singapore and Japan. And in Africa, the SMART Health Card has rolled out in Kenya and Rwanda, just the first of 32 African countries in the “Smart Africa” alliance to adopt a digital-first approach to healthcare records.

The Case For Red States

The second argument for adopting a digital vaccine verification system is the one swaying red-state governors: Having digital access to personal health records empowers the individual.

More than a dozen states have launched their own SMART Health Card-based portals. At least seven others — including Arizona, Mississippi and West Virginia — have turned to a third-party, MyIRMobile, to issue SMART Health Cards. Minnesota has chosen Docket, another third-party option.

Most right-leaning states offering SMART Health Cards do it quietly, without any fanfare. But big red South Carolina expects to roll out a portal for SMART Health Cards by the end of March, reports Politico.

“This isn’t a passport,” South Carolina’s director of immunizations told Politico. “This is essentially a Covid card that people get at their convenience because it’s their record.”

Utah was one of the first red states to get on the SMART Health Card train. For former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt, a Republican who was the Secretary of Health and Human Services in the George W. Bush administration, the issue boils down to individual rights. “There’s always a question about who owns the data and the rights to access that data,” Leavitt said at a recent global forum on SMART Health Cards. “But one thing is unchallengeable. And that is, I own a right to have my own data. And to have it in a form that I can present it conveniently for the kinds of things I want to do.”

“The idea of being able to have trustworthy copies of your own health records is not a red or blue state issue,” echoes Anderson. “ It is an individual empowerment of your own health data. What we’re going to see over the next month is a growing number of red states recognizing and appreciating the importance of empowering their individual citizens in their states.”

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k33j88
k33j88
2 months ago

Put your faith in Jesus Christ. The world is in a meltdown of epic proportions.

SS-The Independent
SS-The Independent
2 months ago
Reply to  k33j88

Well, I am a Christian and believe in Jesus, but I have some ( bad ) news for you & Co. ‘ The world is in a meltdown of epic proportions ‘ not only because of bad people, but of good people doing nothing ( and expecting others/Jesus to do something ). That’s not going to happen; you either chose to fight and be free, either be a coward and live on your knee for the rest of your miserable life on this Earth ! Yeah, Jesus is there…expecting you/us to rise up for a better World…would you…would I…’ this… Read more »

Ed
Ed
2 months ago

Slippery slope, boiling a frog, call it what you want; this is the road to the worst outcome for the rights of individuals. Apparently some individuals are more individual than others. I know I’ve heard that before somewhere.

Cal
Cal
2 months ago

“…SMART Health Card, a verifiable digital proof of vaccination developed through the Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI), a global coalition of public and private stakeholders including Microsoft, Salesforce, Oracle, the Mayo Clinic and other health and tech heavyweights.” 

Here in the USA, under our CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC (written for all to read, and for all who SERVE within our gov’s to be bound by), that would constitute treason.

SS-The Independent
SS-The Independent
2 months ago

WHEN the majority of the Americans ( West Countries people ) are going to understand that they have no choice(s), but ‘ owners ‘, like George ( Carlin ) said ( before he was ‘ silenced ‘, like many others )… Quotes › Authors › G › George Carlin › Governments don’t want a population capable… Governments don’t want a population capable of critical thinking, they want obedient workers, people just smart enough to run the machines and just dumb enough to passively accept their situation.You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own… Read more »

Aunt Jemima
Aunt Jemima
2 months ago

REFUSE TO OBEY. REFUSE TO OBEY. REFUSE TO OBEY. OTHERWISE YOU ARE A WILLING SLAVE AND WILL BE SLAUGHTERED. Oh, and BTW, my “health records” are my private property … yes, I said PRIVATE property, and they shall remain my private property. Furthermore, NOTHING the predators-that-be and predator-class can do will create an “accurate record of my healthcare”. Why so? Because I research my own symptoms and make my own judgements and decide my own treatment and carry-out my own treatment. And I do that outside the view of these globalist hyper-predators, so they do not and cannot have accurate… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Aunt Jemima
Janko
Janko
2 months ago
Reply to  Aunt Jemima

Bravo, same here

Dr. Christopher
Dr. Christopher
1 month ago
Reply to  Aunt Jemima

Absolutely.The evidence is overwhelming for what’s really going on and has been for over a century, as Griffin well-proves in his Creature From Jekyll Island presentation and his online research library.

United we stand, divided we fall. That’s the bottom line. Either we refuse to go along with all this or we become the slaves they already consider us to be.

Boomer Lady
Boomer Lady
2 months ago

As an unvaccinated woman because I am allergic to the dangerous artificial ingredients in all vaccines, traditional and Covid, this trend is very alarming. Now that vaccine status information is easy to download to get into venues and travel and workplaces, the more opportunity there is to shut out the unvaccinated from having a life. Vaccine exemptions like medical and religious exist for show, but when one tries to actually get one, like here in CA, it becomes impossible. Fortunately I am retired, so I don’t need to worry about a workplace vaccine mandate, but I am hearing about areas… Read more »

WHAMMO!
WHAMMO!
1 month ago
Reply to  Boomer Lady

Would you mind my asking which specific ingredient you are allergic to? I believe I am also developing the same allergy 😉

Afshin Nejat
Afshin Nejat
2 months ago

Hitler was right. If you don’t understand why this is the case, you have a hole in your history. Guess who put that hole there? If you want to fill that in, you have to stoip arbitrarily agreeing with them when they arbitrarily use Hitler as a scapegoat for the world’s problems. You now live in the world that was actively being created when he fought it. Now you are in the giant industrial gulag that has been created at the cost of destroying ethnic nation-states, but primarily WHITE nation-states. It’s as a simple as that. That is where your… Read more »

Dr. Christopher
Dr. Christopher
1 month ago
Reply to  Afshin Nejat

LOL “Papers, please” Sure, he was fighting for our freedom… like all the Nazis now running our country into the ground, right?… like Papa Bush who was part of Hitler’s inner circle right there with Himler according to the Zeitgeist documentary series research. If you believe in what the Nazis were doing, you don’t have a clue. The bloodline wars are nothing new, and they go back thousands of years, but getting into that would take too much time and research compilation and isn’t necessary. Go look into the difference between the New Masons and the York Lodge masons who… Read more »

Dave
Dave
2 months ago

What an insulting hustle this whole affair is…
It’s blatantly obvious that the kosher funny money racket is coming to an end, so they must adopt a new digital form of currency while simultaneously creating an Orwellian level of control that Stalin would envy.
Do or say the wrong thing, bzzzt, off goes your ability to buy & sell!.
We can fight these bastards by buying and trading local using Au & Ag coins.

DebS
DebS
2 months ago

This how it started in Nazi Germany “Papers, please”! Wake up people, we are being controlled, brainwashed and taken over! Read Revelation in your Bibles, this is End Times stuff, the Mark of the Beast!

Lynda
Lynda
2 months ago

The republicans are as reprehensible as the democrats. They are using the convenience argument and like the democrats they aren’t telling you the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Moreover, there is the moral and ethical issue still at large as to banning the unvaccinated from any part of society. The world belongs to the 99% not just the 1 percenters. Unfortunately, a lot of lazy ignorant people will jump at the chance just as they will jump at the chance to implement digital currency (convenience) with no thought to the slippery slope ahead. IMHO the greater… Read more »

Days_of_Noe
Days_of_Noe
2 months ago

Christians should rejoice. These are the promised end times of prophecy. Not only validation of our Savior’s Word, but coming peace and rejoicing for those Raptured.

The Holy Bible explains the horror of those days but also the vast numbers of people who will come to know Jesus at that time. Most will be martyred and it will be horrific but not as horrific as eternal damnation.

Dr. Christopher
Dr. Christopher
1 month ago
Reply to  Days_of_Noe

Holy Bible? You mean the Catholic Canon? LOL I’m a minister and former monk. I have a few questions for you: Why, when the Protestants finally left the Catholic church and translated the Bible themselves, did they not rethink the book they had kept while rejecting the group who created it? Who did Jesus (Yeshua/Joshua) give the “keys to the kingdom” to, Peter or Paul (Saul)? Who’s teachings do the Christians and Catholics now follow, Peter or Paul (Saul)? Why, even in the Bible, do so many of Jesus’s disciples openly speak against the teachings of Saul/Paul, and why does… Read more »

James dean
James dean
2 months ago

God have mercy on your souls!!!

Jon Klement
Jon Klement
1 month ago

“We believe it gives people peace of mind when the folks around them are less likely to be contagious,” says Gus Warren, CEO of Bindle, and obvious idiot who ignores the FACT that #THEWALKINGVAXXED are contagious spike shedders.