Vaccine Passports Probably Coming

It may be no surprise to some but as vaccines are starting to roll out in the US and worldwide people are waiting for when they can return to doing their normal activities like shop, go to the movies and travel.

However besides actually getting the vaccine there may be a catch—you may also need a vaccine passport.

More than one company has begun creating smart phone apps or other kinds of digital systems for individuals that would allow them to upload data on their Covid-19 vaccinations and tests. In turn this data would create digital credentials allowing or denying access to stadiums, music venues, theaters, business offices and most likely other countries.

Created by the Geneva-based non-profit the Commons Project and the World Economic Forum have partnered with well-known airlines such JetBlue, United and Virgin Atlantic and hundreds of health systems in the US and the government of Aruba is the Common Trust Network.

They are working on the CommonPass app which would allow users to upload medical data, such as Covid-19 data, proof of vaccination by certified medical professionals. This would generate a QR code that authorities could use to certify a person is vaccinated without giving away specific medical data during the interaction. The app would also provide useful data to the user like health pass requirements for all points of arrival or departure on an itinerary.