'Digital Health Passport' debate on Agenda: Will non-vaccinators be stripped of some rights?

'Digital Health Passport' debate on Agenda: Will non-vaccinators be stripped of some rights?

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With the introduction of Covid-19 vaccines in some countries, there has been a debate about the disenfranchisement of non-vaccinators. Many travel companies have begun preparations to ask passengers for a digital health passport. 

As the outbreak of the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) was in its first year, developed vaccines began to be used in some countries. Currently, countries will continue to vaccinate all their citizens gradually in the following months, while administering the vaccine to at-risk groups.

Countries have set a timetable for vaccines that will be administered to citizens, while whether vaccines will be mandatory has been a matter of debate. Although no country has a vaccine requirement, the scientific world notes that vaccines must be made to a large part of society in order to eliminate the epidemic.

'Digital Health Passport' debate on Agenda: Will non-vaccinators be stripped of some rights?

However, it has also been raised whether additional rights can be provided for people who have been vaccinated.

In order to increase the impact of vaccines against the epidemic and facilitate the recovery of economies, the creation of a document such as an "immune certificate" or "vaccine passport" has been debated in many countries.

Accordingly, people who have acquired and documented coronavirus immunity through vaccination or by passing the disease may have additional rights or be exempt from certain restrictions. Among these rights, "privileges" such as not being subject to travel barriers, being able to enter cafes, bars and restaurants can be raised. Some companies have even demanded a similar document on hiring.

'Digital Health Passport' debate on Agenda: Will non-vaccinators be stripped of some rights?

Will vaccination be mandatory for overseas travel?

Australia's largest airline, Qantas, has become one of the first companies to raise the issue of asking passengers to board an "immune passport."

Accordingly, passengers may be asked to use a mobile app showing antibody test results. Companies including United Airlines, JetBlue and Lufthansa are planning to roll out the Health Passport app, called "CommonPass," the New York Times reported.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has stepped up preparations for a digital health passport with Covid-19 Test and Vaccine Information.

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