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The increasing need for secure Covid-19 “vaccine passports” all over the world, especially for domestic and international travel, in order to exempt cardholders from strict testing and quarantine requirements. However, the verification of a vaccination cardholder’s identity is still a challenge.

In the US, the White House stressed that its role was to ensure that “any solutions in this area should be simple, free, open-source, accessible to people both digitally and on paper, and designed from the start to protect people’s privacy…”

A first-of-its-kind, secure SMART Health Card solution that stores encrypted vaccination records and identity authenticators is now available from Sandia International, a secure identification technology provider. 

The card’s underlying technology is SecuSeal, a proprietary solution that is similar to a QR-code but more intricately encoded, private, tamper-proof, and secure. 

This new vaccination credential can be accessed and validated digitally, online, and offline. It can be conveniently and securely stored directly on printable paper, plastic cards, or sticker labels to facilitate the inclusion into documents with no vulnerability of digital access. This is the first and only encrypting technology applied to a non-digital credential such as a vaccination card.

Using the standard COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Sandia International adds a unique VDS  (Visible Digital Seal) after the first (or second) vaccination to seal the information with the owner present, creating a relationship between the Vaccination Certificate and the owner. Verification of a vaccination cardholder’s identity requires a simple read of the digital seal that immediately brings the picture of the cardholder for a visual 1:1 verification, online and offline, according to the company’s announcement.