I have been monitoring the vaccine credential effort for a long time and watching various initiatives worldwide with a particular focus on what might be done in the United States. In a series of blog posts over the past several months I have described at length how the situation in the US differs from the situation in many other countries. In this post I will review the “facts on the ground” as I see them and offer a way forward for the US.
In my previous article, I wrote about the World Health Organization’s Interim guidance describing its technical approach to Smart Vaccination Certificates. What the WHO is doing is the first step. In this article, I would like to address the next steps that need to be taken. Specifically, how are organizations going to use the Smart Vaccine Certificates. This issue boils down to the rules that are going to be developed and adopted to make the SVC’s usable. Many of these rules currently don’t exist so we will start by analyzing some key factors.
Vaccine Credentialing Activities: A Complicated Path Forward in the US (Part 2) – Major Initiatives Underway
As COVID-19 vaccination increases the US is preparing for a phased reopening. A key factor of that reopening in the United States and some other countries may be a requirement for individuals to prove that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. “Proof” will likely be embodied in a paper – or perhaps electronic – certificate whose source and contents can be independently verified to ensure validity. Uses of such a certificate include international travel, and perhaps also domestic regional travel (like what is being proposed in the European Union), and perhaps also domestic travel, admission to large venues such as sporting events or other entertainment, and even school or business admission.
HLN Introduces Support for Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine in its Award Winning ICE Open Source Immunization Forecaster
On March 3, 2021, HLN released a new version (v1.28.1) of the Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE) in support of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. ICE is a state-of-the-art open source software system that provides clinical decision support for immunizations for use in Immunization Information Systems (IIS), Electronic Health Record (EHR), and Personal Health Record (PHR) Systems.
On December 23, 2020, HLN released a new version (v1.27.1) of the Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE) in support of both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines, as well as the COVD-19 unspecified vaccine code. ICE is a state-of-the-art open source software system that provides clinical decision support for immunizations for use in Immunization Information Systems (IIS), Electronic Health Record (EHR), and Personal Health Record (PHR) Systems.