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Should we welcome vaccine passports?

As vaccination programs are under way around the world there is a light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, but at present how much of that tunnel is left remains an unknown. One of the most hotly discussed methods of aiding societies in swiftly returning to post-pandemic normality, or a “new normal”, is a vaccine passport; a document or smartphone application to prove an individual has been vaccinated against COVID-19, or recovered from a COVID infection with natural immunity. However there are still many questions over immunity and the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and many have questioned the efficacy and repercussions such a policy could have. Should we implement vaccination passports to speed up a post-pandemic return to normal?
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Everyone can agree that we need to return to some sort of societal and economic normal as soon as possible following COVID-19, and vaccine passports represent a huge stepping stone forward in that direction. Having a vaccine passport system will enable those completely deprived of their usual work to get back to work sooner, and for those in the aviation industry that would have massive repercussions for the rest of society as international travel and vacations would resultantly become a distinct possibility sooner. Furthermore such policies will function as an incentive to get vaccinated, helping to boost the level of vaccination in a given society and pushing them closer to herd immunity and the end of the pandemic.

webmd.com/vaccines/covid-19-vaccine/vaccine-passport-covid theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/14/what-pros-and-cons-covid-vaccine-passports-immunity-certificates-travel who.int/ihr/IVC200_06_26.pdf

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