Possible COVID-19 vaccine passports have many divided
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - With more people becoming vaccinated and returning to pre-pandemic activities like traveling, there have been discussions about implementing a “vaccine passport” to certify someone has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The idea is drawing criticism from some, including Governor Kristi Noem.
Many nations across the world have been looking into using different forms of vaccine passports.
Denmark already has plans to make their own version of a vaccine passport, while Iseral is already using one they call a Green Pass.
“Everybody is going off in different directions, each airline is doing something different, cruise lines are doing something different, Governments are doing something different,” said Terry Ten Cate, Travel Consultant. “The EU announced they would be setting up a commission to try and put a health passport together.”
Governor Noem shared her thoughts on vaccination passports via Twitter Thursday morning.
“A vaccine passport is 100% hypocritical coming from those who oppose voter ID. but it’s entirely predictable after the overreach that we saw this past year,” she tweeted.
Noem’s office tells Dakota News Now that she does not support vaccine passports in any way, shape, or form.
Some people encourage the passports as a safer way to return back to normal, while others fear it will ostracize those who can’t or don’t want to be vaccinated.
South Dakota State University ethics professor George Tsakiridis says both sides have solid ethical questions.
“The question of whether Community or individual rights are more important, that’s part of the question. If we want to prevent the spread of COVID-19, is it necessary to require a passport to make sure people have had a vaccine that’s a question on that side, but then we also have questions of individual liberty and whether is this infringing on people’s rights.”
While it is impossible to predict what travel procedures will look like in the summer and post-pandemic, Ten Cate believes a universal vaccine passport would be the most convenient.
“A universal one would make life much, much easier, vs carrying around six or seven different apps on your phone or pieces of paper that you need for this government or that government,” said Ten Cate. I think once that universal passport happens you will see things dramatically change and travel will just go nuts.”
The Biden administration says it will not require a national vaccine passport for the U.S. But that is not stopping concert venues, airlines, companies, or other organizations from requiring proof of immunization from COVID-19.
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