As the conflict between Ukraine and Russia takes much of the country’s attention and as other countries scrap Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) requirements, more states signed up for a national vaccine passport system, including several Republican-led states.

Twenty-one states, the District of Colombia and Puerto Rico have signed up for the SMART Health Card, a digitally verifiable proof of vaccination certificate developed through the Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI), a global coalition of public and private organizations, including Microsoft, the Mayo Clinic and other health and tech giants. 

More than 200 million Americans already have access to the SMART Health Card. They can download, print or digitally store vaccination records via a QR code. According to the developers of the VCI, the vaccination records in its system are digitally signed to ensure that the vaccine passport of each individual isn’t susceptible to forgery.

Corporations and government and public health officials are promoting the SMART Health Card as a quick way to confirm the vaccination status of Americans who are traveling and who want to enter venues that still restrict access to the fully vaccinated, including certain restaurants, bars and gyms.

In June last year, California and Louisiana became the first states to implement SMART Health Cards. The number of states and territories implementing digital vaccine passports has grown since then.

Red states also quietly implementing vaccine passports

“We’ve seen a notable uptick in states that have officially launched public portals where individuals can get verifiable vaccination credentials in the form of SMART Health Cards with a QR code,” said Dr. Brian Anderson, co-founder of the VCI and chief digital health physician at the MITRE Corporation. “The beautiful thing about this is that this multistate coalition is a coalition of the willing.”

Among the states that have rolled out SMART Health Cards are Utah, Oklahoma, North Dakota, South Carolina, Mississippi and Arizona. These red states have officially banned vaccine passports or have opposed them in other ways in the past. Yet they are now quietly developing or have already rolled out digital vaccine passports.

Other red states like West Virginia, South Carolina and Nebraska are expected to allow access to SMART Health Card portals within their states soon.

“We’re starting to see some jurisdictions that had a very strict stance, ‘We’re not going to put any QR codes or anything,’ look at this again with fresh eyes and say, ‘Okay, this really isn’t a passport. This is really just an evolution of a record moving into the digital age,'” claimed Rebecca Coyle, executive director of the American Immunization Registry Association, an organization lobbying for proof of vaccination requirements.

Josh Sigurdson, host of “World Alternative Media,” commented that the spread of the SMART Health Cards in America represents the country’s drift towards authoritarianism.

“This is a push to total social credit, technocracy,” he said. “And a lot of people are looking the other way, because, well, there’s a fight over a New World Order in Eurasia. There’s a lot more than that happening and it goes pretty deep. But nonetheless, it’s easy to distract people from what’s happening. It’s very easy to show people one thing and distract them.”

Anderson himself confirmed Sigurdson’s concerns when he stated that, at an international level, there is growing interest among government bodies to implement “a coordinated international approach” to proof of vaccination requirements.

“What we’re going to see over the next month is a growing number of red states recognizing and appreciating the importance of empowering their individual citizens in their states,” claimed Anderson.

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