Now that coronavirus vaccines are starting to spread in the US and abroad, many people are increasingly dreaming of the day when they can travel, meet companies and go to the cinema again. But in order to travel freely, they may need something other than a vaccine: a vaccination passport.
Several companies and technology groups have begun developing apps or systems for smartphones so that people can upload their coronavirus test information and vaccination confirmation, creating digital credentials that could be shown at the entrance to concert venues, stadiums, cinemas, offices or even at the entrance to countries.
The Common Trust Network, an initiative of Geneva-based nonprofit The Commons Project and the World Economic Forum, has partnered with several airlines, including Cathay Pacific, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Swiss Airlines, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic, as well as hundreds of health systems. The CommonPass app, created by the group, allows users to upload medical data, such as proof of vaccination by a hospital or health care provider, generate a health certificate or transmit information in the form of a QR code that can be shown to authorities without revealing sensitive information. For travel, the app lists health pass requirements at departure and arrival points depending on your itinerary.
“You can be tested every time you cross a border. You can’t get vaccinated every time you cross the border,” Thomas Crampton, director of marketing and communications for the project, told CNN Business. He stressed the need for a simple and easily transferable set of credentials or “digital yellow card,” referring to the paper document that is usually given as proof of vaccination.