... we've rounded up the best apps currently available, as well as a few other vaccination resources.
I'm hearing of more and more activities that will require proof of vaccination: eating out, going to a concert, flying internationally — and likely at some point domestically in the U.S. Do I really need to carry around that awkwardly sized paper proof-of-vaccine card?
Domestic vaccine passports are fine on the surface, but they don’t provide help to the people who need it most.
Creating a digital certificate of vaccination against the coronavirus is one of the hottest debates right now. What’s keeping it from happening, and why are some people opposed?
Vaccine passports, in some form, are going to be a basic necessity as the United States begins to crawl its way out of the pandemic. Nevertheless, the idea has staunch opponents.
A variety of digital and old-fashioned approaches are being used to confirm vaccination for entry to public places. But the world is still far from a universal standard of proof for crossing borders.
... the promise of bringing back a normal life fuels extraordinary support for these schemes. More than 66 percent of Americans approve of digital vaccine passports to reopen the domestic economy, according to a survey from the Institute for Technology and Global Health. These numbers are comparable to the 67 percent approval rate in Denmark. Across international borders, on average 78 percent of the global population supports vaccine passports for international travel even if vaccine access is unequal across countries.
Designers of the health passes hope unfussy apps will reduce stress for passengers pre-flight, quickly providing proof of a negative Covid-19 test or a vaccination.
Until these debates are settled and standardization agreed on, infection screening rather than vaccination status, is likely to be the standard of proof for travelers to go anywhere in the near future.
Ensuring that a person’s vaccination status can be verifiable and visible through documentation would be an important tool for lifting quarantines and defeating COVID-19. Like the scars of the past, vaccine passports could help Americans to finally bring this pandemic to an end.
The CDC’s new mask guidance promises freedom. Vaccine passports can make it reality.
Ultimately, some are hoping vaccine passports, will prove one last bitter pill to swallow to help hasten a return to normal. It may be the carrot that induces more people to vaccinate.
The concept of documenting vaccinations is being taken to new levels of sophistication, and experts predict that electronic verification will soon become commonplace.
As members of a society, it is our moral obligation to get vaccinated to protect everyone in our community. Vaccination passports will help with this and also enhance quality of life and wellbeing as we return to normal daily life.
The term “vaccine passport” generally refers to a smartphone app that can quickly confirm that someone has received a Covid-19 vaccine, so the phone’s owner can do things like enter a venue or board a plane. The debate over vaccine passports, however, often confuses these apps with the broader issue of how vaccination records are handled.
Discrimination against those from poorer countries seems inevitable unless everyone accepts the WHO’s guidelines