The Commons Project releases free app to scan SMART health cards

July 13, 2021

The Commons Project Foundation announced the release of the SMART Health Card Verifier App, a free application that will enable users nationwide to scan a SMART Health Card QR code to quickly verify an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status.

The SMART Health Card Verifier App also displays key information including issuer name, vaccine type, dates of vaccine doses, and name and date of birth of vaccine recipient. It does not store or share any personal information.

The development of the new app follows recent announcements from Walmart, Sam’s Club, UC San Diego Health, the State of California and the State of Louisiana that individuals who received vaccinations would be issued a SMART Health Card, a digital vaccine record that can be safely and privately shared with compatible services. Additional states, pharmacy chains and health care providers are expected to begin issuing the cards, built on open, interoperable standards, to their patients in the coming weeks.

“SMART Health Cards were developed by a coalition of private and public stakeholders with the goal of empowering individuals with access to a trustworthy and verifiable copy of their vaccination records in digital or paper form,” said Christopher Longhurst, Chief Information Officer at UC San Diego Health. “The cards only contain the information required to verify your vaccination or test status, and the choice of how and when to share that information is totally up to the individual.”

The Commons Project Foundation is a nonprofit established with support from the Rockefeller Foundation.

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