2021 Travel Could Include Vaccine Passports
Many people are itching to travel after months of staying cooped up at home as the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic. Soon, with the continued transition to a “new normal” there is a possibility that, apart from a person’s normal passport, vaccine passports may also be required.
Using Apps as Vaccine Passports
In the technology realm, several smartphone apps like CommonPass have already been created for a purpose similar to this. Such apps allow people who aim to travel during the pandemic to upload their COVID-19 test results. In the future, apps may offer the function of becoming a vaccine passport.
To view related health documents, the app can generate a QR code which can be scanned in places where such medical certification is needed. These include places of leisure, such as stadiums and movie theaters. Some airports around the world also require it.
Tech company IBM has also created one such app called Digital Health Pass. This app is mainly used among workplaces and companies, and the service is customizable to their need. It can store COVID-19 tests, temperature records and vaccination records in a mobile wallet.
Additionally, people without smartphones can still use IBM’s system. They provide smart cards that these people can use.
Using either CommonPass and IBM, people need not worry about breaking their privacy. Both developers assured people that sensitive information is secure using their systems.
IBM also made it a point to mention that it allows users to control how much of their health data they will allow venues and authorities to see.
Given the world's continued battle against COVID-19 and the development of such apps, it's not impossible to imagine more places requiring their use in the near future.