Contakt World Technologies Corp. has announced that it will leverage the recently acquired HealthCheck app to help combat fraud in vaccine credentials and enable privacy-preserving vaccine passports.
COVID-19 vaccination records, when digitized, are frequently termed a "COVID-19 Vaccine Passport", "Health Pass", or "Vaccine Pass".
Vaccine passports allow an organization to confirm an individual's vaccination status without the administrative burdens associated with paper cards. They also help reduce the potential fraud associated with certain paper vaccine credentials.
When paired with HealthCheck's health screening in the same app, Contakt World said the vaccine passports allow an organization to conduct daily health check-ins and validate vaccine credentials without violating personal privacy.
While some states and jurisdictions have implemented vaccine passport technology, backed by state and government vaccination records, many have not. And the company noted that there still is no universal solution that works across jurisdictions.
Contakt World said its vaccine validation solution intends to leverage a number of disparate data sources to ensure the validity of vaccination records beyond paper records.
The company said HealthCheck is already used by a variety of customers, including schools, hospitals, fire stations, financial institutions, and small businesses.
Justin Beck, chief visionary officer for Contakt World, said that in addition to HealthCheck's daily health check-ins, organizations will soon be able to use HealthCheck as a vaccine passport solution for students, teachers, customers, visitors, and employees without violating personal privacy.
“We're working with several solution providers to enable this - we expect this will result in increased sales from existing customers, and expanded sales to new customers," Beck said in a statement.
He added: "A close friend of mine in Oceanside, California recently shared with me the story of a small restaurant with not more than 20 employees and the drama surrounding vaccination and the need for vaccine passports experienced by her manager. One employee purported to have received two Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses in a 30-day period using what appeared to be a fraudulent 'card,' where the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is generally a single dose vaccine. Another refused to get vaccinated and refused to wear a mask. We cannot underestimate the ongoing effects on employee and customer wellness, nor the implications upon economies that vaccine passports will play, for years and years to come."
Beck also noted that the vaccinated will need boosters shots, so effective health screening provided by Contakt World's solutions and vaccine passports (with updates to ensure they are current) are vital to the global economy.
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