With talk of overseas travel and big entertainment events returning in the not so distant future, the Biden administration is pushing digital apps to credentialise those who have been vaccinated.
If you’re planning a holiday to or from the US in the next few years, you may have to bring a ‘vaccination passport’ along with your physical ID. That’s if the Biden administration gets its way anyway.
Mere months into his inauguration, Biden is plotting a bold strategy to safely re-open hospitality, sporting and entertainment events, and overseas travel. Sounds good eh? It’s just a shame that for many his proposal is blurring the line between civil liberty and public protection.
So, what exactly are we talking here? In short, the President is coordinating with private stakeholders and government agencies to create a digital admissions form called a ‘vaccine passport’. Oh good, more barriers at casual pub visits.
As the name suggests, this digi-doc will serve as definitive proof that someone has had a COVID vaccination once social distancing regulations are scaled back. Theoretically, every vaccinated American will have a unique scannable QR code on their phone or tablet which will act as an admissions ticket to get into restaurants, cinemas, football (or ‘soccer’) matches, gyms, local glee clubs, etc – we’re not judging.
If Biden has shown one thing thus far, it’s that he acts quick and decisively once his mind is made up. Setting a goal of partially vaccinating at least 200 million Americans by the end of his first 100 days in office, the 78-year-old believes the US could be almost completely back to its pre-pandemic normal by Christmastime.
You can imagine then, that the Department of Health and Human Services are hard at work developing a coordinated platform to bring vaccination passports into effect as soon as possible. Biden’s admirable endeavour aside though, making the concept a reality is proving anything but a simple task.
Currently, there are a number of stumbling blocks to contend with of both a practical and ethical nature.