Vaccine Passports - What are they?
A vaccine passport is a certificate that shows the holder has
been immunized against COVID-19. Initially they are being
developed to restore free travel that has been restricted by
Government restrictions implemented to control the spread of
COVID-19. Either a paper document or digital in the form of a
phone app, they could also be used to control access to
businesses and government facilities. The EU aims to make a COVID
passport available to its citizens by the first of
July 2021. Quote "...the Commission first brought forward the
proposal for the creation of a document which would enable those
vaccinated to travel restriction-free throughout Europe in
mid-March this year, in a bid to restore the freedom of travel
for vaccinated persons, those who have recovered from the virus,
and those who test negative, amid COVID-19."
The vaccinations acceptable for the issue of a EU Vaccine
- Comirnaty (BioNTech, Pfizer)
- Vaxzevria (previously COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca, Oxford)
- Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
The EU passport will be "...a one-page document, issued in digital format
and printable." The certificates will contain their own digital
signature key, which will be part of the QR code in order to
prevent their falsification.
In addition to facilitating international travel vaccine
passports are proposed to allow vaccinated people to access
restaurants, bars, concerts, public events and even shops.
Australia's proposed vaccine passport, called a Medicare
certificate, "...could be used to roll out greater freedoms for the fully vaccinated to
travel interstate or even avoid lockdowns ...While not
compulsory, the certificate could still be requested in the
future by pubs and clubs and other entertainment venues that plan
to require proof of vaccination."
In the USA however The White House has ruled out introducing
mandatory federal Covid-19 vaccination passports, saying
citizens' privacy and rights should be protected. White House
Press Secretary Jan Psaki stated "The government is not now, nor will be,
supporting a system that requires Americans to carry a
credential." However the Biden adminstration has said that it is
taking a "very close look" at whether a vaccine passport should be implemented for
travel to and from the US. US States are each taking their own
stance on whether vaccine passports are allows or required in
their territory. See here for a list of the various US State
- Covid-19: How vaccine passports for international travel
will work. Lets remember that "Vaccine Passports" are not
intended solely for enabling international travel but for
control of access to all services used by citizens. To access
shops, banks, eductional and other public facities,
entertainment venues, public transportation and quite possibly
your place of work.
- Accoring to the British Medical Journal one of biggest
problems facing a Vaccine Passport is quote "...it is still
unclear whether vaccination prevents transmission. Vaccinated people may still be able to
unknowingly spread the virus."
- CBS story Vaccine
passports: What are they and how do they work? Quote
"Vaccination passports would add another digital layer to the
multitude of existing coronavirus health and contact-tracing
apps many countries and U.S. states have rolled out. Their use
domestically to reopen local economies has been hotly debated,
with many opposed to requiring them for pubs, concerts and
- U.S. colleges requiring students to
get vaccinated before returning to campus?
- Passport to work? Houston
Methodist threatens to fire staff who do not get
- Freedom in Germany for the fully vaccinated?
CNN article link here. Quote "The issue of enforcing those
new rules has been questioned by German authorities. Jorg Radek,
deputy national chairman of the country's police union, told the
German public broadcaster ARD: "I think first of all, we need a
transparent regulation from which it is clear for whom these
vaccinations documents should apply, and we then need a very
clear possibility -- which has to be carefully tested -- that
those documents are forgery-proof."
- List of colleges and universities nationwide requiring COVID
vaccine continues to grow. See the nydailynews.com article here quote
"...Those who attend Cornell University, Rutgers University,
Fort Lewis College, Nova Southeastern University and St.
Edward's University will have to be fully vaccinated before
returning to campus in the fall, with limited exemptions for
underlying medical conditions and religious beliefs. And Brown
University on Tuesday became the latest school to reveal its
plans requiring students to receive the vaccine as part of a bid
to return to relative normalcy on campus."