Get ready, you may need a “vaccine passport” soon as President Joe Biden queries government agencies to “assess the feasibility” of connecting COVID-19 vaccines with other vaccine certificates and creating a digital version.
According to reporting by The New York Times, Denmark, along with a couple of other airlines will soon roll out digital passports with vaccine info to allow for easier travel and keep documentation transparent.
“It’s about trying to digitize a process that happens now and make it into something that allows for more harmony and ease, making it easier for people to travel between countries without having to pull out different papers for different countries and different documents at different checkpoints,” Nick Careen, senior vice president for airport, passenger, cargo and security at I.A.T.A. told the Times.
The Times reports that airlines, nonprofits, industry groups and tech companies are all working on launching an app or digital proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test.
IBM, The world Economic Forum and the Commons Project Foundation are all developing some kind of digital health pass that would allow users to safely report their viral status while attending public events, traveling, or going into the office to work.
If you’re wondering whether or not you’ll need a vaccine passport, the answer is likely to be a responding ‘yes.’ That is if you want to attend public events or travel internationally.
“One key element vital for the restart of tourism is consistency and harmonization of rules and protocols regarding international travel,” Zurab Pololikashvili, secretary general of the United Nations World Tourism Organization said in an email to the Times.
“Evidence of vaccination, for example, through the coordinated introduction of what may be called ‘health passports’ can offer this. They can also eliminate the need for quarantine on arrival, a policy which is also standing in the way of the return of international tourism.”