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What Place Should COVID-19 Vaccine Passports Have in Society?

– Ada Lovelace Institute

  • Report
  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • 19 February 2021

The findings of multidisciplinary experts on the potential risks, and benefits, of digital vaccination certificates

The Ada Lovelace Institute convened experts from various fields including immunology, sociology, law, and ethics, in order to form conclusions about the impact of vaccine certificates on society. The group’s findings will be used to inform government and policy makers around the world.

“At present, vaccination status does not offer clear or conclusive evidence about any individual’s risk to others via transmission, so cannot be a robust basis for risk-based decision making, and therefore any roll-out of a digital passport is not currently justified.”

However, this may change in the future, so the experts recommend that the UK government act now to explore the issues such a scheme would bring about, in order to preemptively mitigate the harms. Other recommendations include that the public should be engaged in the decision making process, particularly people from marginalized communities who are most likely to be negatively affected.

While vaccine passports will be seen by some as a way to increase freedom, for those without a passport they would constitute a denial of liberties that others are being granted

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