Digital Vaccine Passport Under Consideration in the US
A passport proves your identity. A digital one could confirm that you've gotten a COVID-19 vaccine and, in some cases, that you're negative for the virus.
The digital vaccine passport idea is one the United States and other countries are considering, but cybersecurity experts and doctors say there are some big red flags.
"Just by having a vaccination, depending on the vaccine you have, doesn’t mean you have immunity to COVID," UCSF infectious disease expert Dr. Peter Chin-Hong said. "There’s regular COVID, which we know the data from, and also there are variants circling around."
Last month, the World Health Organization released a statement with a similar message, saying, "At the present time, do not introduce requirements of proof of vaccination or immunity for international travel as a condition of entry as there are still critical unknowns regarding the efficacy of vaccination in reducing transmission and limited availability of vaccines."