Durham, NC – As more and more people around the world are vaccinated against the coronavirus, the concept of The “vaccine passport” to show others’ immunity status when traveling or attending big events is gaining traction in some places and causing controversy in others.
Airlines and the UK government are testing digital documents, while Republican governors of several US states have banned them, calling them a threat to personal freedoms and privacy.
Nita Farahany, Duke University professor of law and philosophy and founding director of Duke Science & Society, said Wednesday the benefits of the vaccine passport outweigh the risks.
“It̵7;s not that we don’t need to get vaccinated in certain contexts, we can and can,” Farahani said. “The question is whether these passports are appropriate to be used by society across the board in a myriad of environments, and I think the answer right now should be no.”
Unlike vaccines most children must get before they can attend school, she said, the coronavirus vaccine is not widely available and is not yet officially endorsed by the Commission. All of these US food and drugs are administered under emergency authorization.
Making vaccination a condition for going to a restaurant or work place or to get on a plane “Recruiting people to be trial participants,” she said, noting that Moderna continued to collect her health data seven months after she participated in the activities. Vaccine clinical trial
Vaccination passports also provide people with the false sense of security, as health professionals are unsure of how easily vaccinated people can transmit the virus to others, including children.
Another issue is justice, Farahany said.Many people in poor areas have less access to vaccination than others, which would put them at an economic disadvantage if vaccination passports are required for certain activities.
“If we condition our social participation based on access to vaccines,” she said, “I see a broader gap. Jobs lost during the epidemic will go to people with vaccine access.”
Privacy concerns need to be resolved, Farahany said.
The vaccine passport concept starts with getting a simple vaccination card that people get after their first vaccination so they can schedule their second dosing based on the vaccine they’ve received. receive But since these are easily falsified, especially after people post photos of cards with all their identities on social media, tech companies say they can provide digital documents.
Farahady said changing people’s immunization status to a privately held company that is not bound to health privacy standards could later open the door to biometric transitions for these companies, Farahady said.
“It’s not just whether we have information to store and share with others. But it’s the context we share. [and] “In emergencies and crises are the times when we have waived most of our rights, we will never be able to turn the wheel back.”