Health and Medicine

Immunity Passports May Liberate Us From Lockdowns or Invite New Privacy Invasions

By J.D. Tuccille, Reason

Are you looking forward to resuming something that resembles a normal life in terms of travel, concert attendance, and public gatherings? Vaccines for COVID-19 are a big step towards putting pandemic fears behind us. But if hosts aren’t satisfied with knowing vaccines are available, they may want proof that event attendees and travelers have had their shots. That’s where immunity passports come in, and they may help us move past the pandemic—or add new intrusiveness and frustration to our activities.

The idea of immunity passports originated in the spring as a recourse for those who had already suffered a bout of COVID-19. They would be “digital or physical documents that certify an individual has been infected and is purportedly immune to SARS-CoV-2,” noted a May article in The Lancet. “Individuals in possession of an immunity passport could be exempt from physical restrictions and could return to work, school, and daily life.”

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