California, New York and Louisiana are deploying SMART Health Cards developed by the Vaccination Credential Initiative, a consortium of health and technology companies that includes Apple, Microsoft and the Mayo Clinic.
At least a half dozen other states are considering adopting the credentials. “It’s an elegant solution. It works well, it’s open-source,” said Rick Klau, California’s chief technology innovation officer, who said some 3.7 million of the credentials have been downloaded in his state.
If enough states embrace the technology, it could become a de facto nationwide standard and relieve the Biden administration of having to lay out federal requirements for domestic purposes.
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