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I got my Covid shot at CVS (which is the largest pharmacy chain in the USA) and they issued a vaccination certificate with a QR code on it. However, no regular program seems to be able to read that code. It turns out that this is a new format called Smart Health Card and it's actually a completely new URL scheme (which makes almost unreadable unless it's a very specific reader app).

Is that useful for travel at all? Do any airlines, health office, entry controls use or at least accept this as proof of vaccination?

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  • is this US-specific? Is CVS some sort of health facility? Aug 30 at 15:54
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    @KateGregory CVS is a pharmacy chain in the US
    – Peter M
    Aug 30 at 16:04
  • @KateGregory: My apologies. I added the context
    – Hilmar
    Aug 30 at 17:30
  • Is it this: SMART Health Cards? If you read the QR-Code with a normal reader, does it start with 6BFOXN? If yes, try installing a European checking application such as CovPassCheck. Aug 30 at 19:34
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    @MarkJohnson The spec linked from that page describes a very different format from the EU DCC. Also, even if a third party decided to issue something similar to the DCC, their signing keys would not be in the central EU gateway repository, making validation impossible.
    – TooTea
    Aug 30 at 19:45

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