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CDC eyes electronic verification of staff vaccinations

As agencies plan for implementing the Biden administration's executive order requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for federal employees and contractors, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted a sources sought notice seeking information from vendors on electronic verification of COVID-19 vaccinations and testing for its workforce of about 25,000 employees.

Under the executive order, agencies must require documentation from employees of their COVID-19 immunization record that includes the date of vaccine was given and the name of the health care organization providing the vaccine, according to an FAQ on That documentation can be a paper or digital record that displays the required information. 

CDC is looking for what is commonly described as "vaccine passport," although that term appears nowhere in the contracting documents, to verify employee vaccinations and to monitor testing on the approximately 5,000 CDC employees who travel internationally for work every year. Many of these travelers will need to provide authenticated vaccine and testing data upon arrival in certain countries.

The agency also wants information on whether a vendor can integrate data from CDC personnel systems and support back-end connections with data from pharmacy chains, state immunization systems and non-public health systems as well as whether a vendor's product is recognized and used in the U.S. and abroad.

CDC is seeking responses from vendors by Oct. 5.

A longer version of this article was first posted on FCW.

About the Author

Adam Mazmanian is executive editor of FCW.

Before joining the editing team, Mazmanian was an FCW staff writer covering Congress, government-wide technology policy and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to joining FCW, Mazmanian was technology correspondent for National Journal and served in a variety of editorial roles at B2B news service SmartBrief. Mazmanian has contributed reviews and articles to the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, Newsday, New York Press, Architect Magazine and other publications.

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