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What is a shot passport?


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    If the rollout finally takes hold and travel restrictions are lightened or lifted, how does one prove they got the shot so they can cross a national border? I sort of wondered that myself until I came across what people are calling a "passport". The World Health Organization (WHO), as well as separate initiatives in the private sector are looking into using technology to make this happen. It goes without saying that this would have to be a global standard that all countries would follow.

    Currently, if someone is going to fly somewhere, especially out of country, they have to take a test 72 hours before they leave. For months the Common Trust Network has been in development where proof of a negative test is generated into a QR code to be used by border authorities. This sort of tech is being floated around as a solution to proving that someone has gotten the shot. I think using tech like this would really make travel smoother, especially at border crossings. Instead of someone having to hold onto more paperwork or having to get a passport stamped, they could simply show a unique QR code on their phone. Thoughts, opinions on this? I'm sure there's someone out there who thinks this is just another way to track us. :)

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    Lots of somebody's would think that. Happy

    QR code with your phone that vaccine clinics could activate/verify somehow seems logical to me.

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    There's plenty of folks out there that I'm sure will think they are using it to track our every move. lol Then again, I think this is good. Anything that will make this process smoother and expedite the whole "getting back to normal" thing, I support.
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    JayBaba Wrote:

    Anybody who thinks this gets us 'back to normal' is not thinking critically. In 'normal' times, we didn't have tracking apps, we weren't forced to wear masks, and we could freely run and open businesses. If these things aren't going away after the vaccine, then how are we on a path 'back to normal'?

    Fair questions. I'm under the assumption that masks largely go away after everyone gets vaccinated. And the same with social distancing and all the restrictions that go along with it. I agree with you a 'one size fits all' approach for allowing or denying travel solely based on if you got a vaccine shot or not isn't always logical. We have to account for edge cases and be practical.

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    This is becoming a thing for sure. Mostly in the airline industry. No standards yet but seems they are well on there way. Basically they are making apps that prove you got vaccinated.
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    healthnut Wrote: This is becoming a thing for sure. Mostly in the airline industry. No standards yet but seems they are well on there way. Basically they are making apps that prove you got vaccinated.
    Really glad to hear this is actually happening. It's definitely going to make transitioning back to the norm smoother, I think.