Monday, January 4, 2021

SHOW ME YOUR PAPERS: Could COVID Vaccine Passports Become Mandatory?; Special Vaccine Passport May Soon Be Required for Certain Activities, and related stories

Could COVID Vaccine Passports Become Mandatory? Here's What the WHO Says:
As total coronavirus cases worldwide approach 73 million, "proof of vaccination for COVID-19 vaccine will be essential for public health purposes," a spokesperson for the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe) has told Newsweek.
"Having trustworthy and reliable proof of vaccination for COVID-19 vaccine will be essential for public health purposes, such as studies on vaccine effectiveness, vaccine impact, coverage monitoring and monitoring of adverse events following immunization.
"Proof of vaccination can be important also at individual level and for sectors other than health, when vaccination status is linked to existing national legal frameworks (for example where vaccination is a school entry requirement, mandatory vaccination for certain categories, etc)," the WHO/Europe spokesperson added.
Speaking to Newsweek, a spokesperson for the WHO said: "It is important to distinguish between [a] certificate of vaccination, which is the familiar card which shows what vaccines a person has received, and a requirement of vaccination to occur prior to travel. WHO is currently exploring how the common vaccination record could be done electronically. --->READ MORE HERE
Alert: Special Vaccine Passport May Soon Be Required for Certain Activities:
Although vaccines for COVID-19 create hope that life can return to a world without restrictions, reality may be far different in 2021.
A smartphone app may soon be required to travel, attend entertainment venues or even go back to the office, according to CNN Business, which said multiple companies and technology groups are seeking to create a “digital yellow card” that documents vaccinations.
The concept would help border officials, concert hall workers or even employers to know and be able to document the health status of people who say they have been vaccinated. But the idea also runs up against the privacy of health records.
Thomas Crampton, chief marketing and communications officer for The Commons Project, also noted that because each vaccine has differing levels of reported effectiveness, officials may not simply allow all vaccinated people to enter a venue or country. --->READ MORE HERE
Follow links below to related stories:

If you want to travel next year, you may need a vaccine passport

What Is a COVID-19 Immunity Passport—and Who Will Get One? Here's What Experts Say

You may need a ‘COVID-19 passport’ to travel or gather in 2021

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