Considering the Merits of a COVID-19 Vaccine Credential
by The Tech Executive Leadership Initiative Winter 2021 Cohort
As part of their 10-week technology policy training program, the leaders of the Tech Executive Leadership Initiative spent 6 weeks working on real-world government challenges. Three teams tackled the following prompt:
As more people across the country receive COVID-19 vaccines, there is a growing interest from businesses, schools, and other entities in a mechanism to confirm individuals’ vaccination status before they access areas and services. Groups have proposed a variety of solutions, from digital versions of physical vaccine cards administered by healthcare organizations or private entities to government-issued “health passports.” State-managed digital vaccine credential systems bring up a myriad of privacy, security, ethical questions. Should states create digital vaccine credentials given the widespread implications of doing so?
Click below to view a sample of the outputs each team created.
A Federal Vaccine Credential
This project suggests that the federal government establish technical and equity standards for all vaccine credentials developed by the public and private sectors. Instead of the having State of Outdoorsville invest resources in research and development of a standalone Outdoorsville credential, it should advocate for federal standards.
Equitable Access Roadmap for Digital Vaccine Records
This project proposes that Outdoorsville enable access to COVID-19 vaccine records through the its existing Immunization Information System (IIS) on multiple, convenient platforms. Outdoorsville should develop a new OpenAPI framework to enable existing digital services, such as the state’s myOutdoorsville digital identification app and the state website, to display vaccination records from the IIS database.
Whether and How to Develop a COVID-19 Vaccine Credential
This project proposes a clear framework to facilitate the State of Outdoorsville’s decisionmaking about a state COVID-19 vaccine credential. The proposed framework helps the State determine whether it has sufficient demand and the technical capacity to execute a functional and equitable credential.