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What scattered vaccination records mean for Covid-19 immunity 'passports'

April 6, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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As more than 100 million Americans have received Covid-19 vaccines, experts are calling on the federal government to set standards for vaccination "passports" that may serve as proof.

"This is why I think we need federal leadership and oversight of these types of systems, so that we actually are protecting the privacy and security of the nation's people," said Rebecca Coyle, executive director at the American Immunization Registry Association.

"If you think about any medical record or any vaccination record, chances are it lives in a couple of different places" Coyle said.

Plus, Covid-19 vaccination providers are required to submit reports to immunization registries in your state or jurisdiction.

State registries, which have been around for decades, are meant to consolidate records from different providers and serve as a "hub," Coyle said.

And other federal vaccinating entities like the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense and the Bureau of Prisons — "chances are that data is not flowing to the immunization registry today," Coyle said.

New York state says on its website⁠ that "you must have received a COVID-19 vaccine or negative test result in the state of New York to be eligible to retrieve a Pass. "

all kinds of vaccines," said Dr. Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

When the federal government was planning with states for the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, "some states had very specific legal and policy mandates about what could and couldn't be shared from their data systems," Plescia said.

In addition to New York's efforts, the Hawaii Gov. David Ige said his state has been working on pilot programs with two companies, CLEAR and CommonPass, that would allow the state to verify the vaccination status of travelers.

"We do know that there is a segment of the population that is concerned that the government will play too heavy-handed of a role in monitoring their vaccinations, and that mandates will be coming from the federal government," White House senior Covid-19 adviser Andy Slavitt said at a Covid briefing last week.

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