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April 21, 2021

Vaccine Passports Done Equitably

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  • 1Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
JAMA Health Forum. 2021;2(4):e210972. doi:10.1001/jamahealthforum.2021.0972

Around the world, governments and other organizations are developing COVID-19 vaccine passports—documentation to allow vaccinated people greater mobility and access to other services—to speed society’s reopening and a return to ordinary life. But vaccine passports are controversial: sources of opposition include scientific questions—for example, whether vaccinated people can still transmit the virus—and concerns about privacy, especially in connection with digital passports. Each of these are likely to be solvable problems. Evidence of vaccine effectiveness continues to accumulate1 and will eventually answer questions about lasting immunity and transmission. Privacy concerns could be mostly addressed by adopting passport alternatives that satisfactorily protect individual’s information, and such efforts could be advanced by government attention and regulation.

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