COVID-19 vaccine ‘passports’ aren’t exactly like yellow fever certifications

COVID-19 vaccine ‘passports’ aren’t exactly like yellow fever certifications


New York state already launched a COVID-19 vaccine certification program.

Businesses and governments are developing COVID-19 vaccine certifications that let people prove they’ve been immunized so they could enter spaces or travel without as much worry that they’d get sick or pass the virus to others. Conservative politicians recently seized on these efforts as evidence of government overreach, while other people argued the certifications a more benign public health tool — one that’s analogous to strategies we’ve uses to manage disease for decades.

“Usually, the reality is somewhere in the middle, and that’s the case for this as well,” says Lisa Lee, director of the division of Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance at Virginia Tech.

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