Covid-19 vaccine passports have the potential to discriminate against the young, pregnant or those who can’t have the jab for medical reasons.
This must be factored into any such scheme before launching, according to a Royal Society report.
It sets out 12 tests which should be met by any vaccine passport plan which ahve received massive opposition from Human Rights groups
The criteria include having a way of accommodating “changes in vaccine efficacy against emerging variants”.
And a vaccine passport would need to meet ethical and legal standards including around data protection, human rights and equality and discrimination laws.
It is also vital to be clear about what the passports would be used for, whether that’s international travel or greater domestic freedoms, the report outlined.
The main scientific issues are around how long immunity lasts and whether vaccines will protect against new variants.
The 12 tests outlined by the Royal Society recommend that a vaccine passport should:
- meet benchmarks for Covid-19 immunity
- accommodate differences between vaccines in their efficacy, and changes in vaccine efficacy against emerging variants
- be internationally standardised
- have verifiable credentials (you can prove someone has been vaccinated)
- have defined uses
- be based on a platform of interoperable technologies (ie on different operating systems like Android or Apple, and on different devices like phones, tablets and offline)
- be secure for personal data
- be portable
- be affordable to individuals and governments
- meet legal standards
- meet ethical standards
- have conditions of use that are understood and accepted by the passport holders
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