The vaccination passport, an acceptable way out of the crisis?

Should we believe that the implementation of this mechanism will allow the long-awaited return to normality, or give up in the face of the risks of division and discrimination that it poses over our societies already hard hit by the pandemic?

YES It is an instrument of equality

— The Times, Londres

Let us transport ourselves to the near future and yet still very mysterious: the month of April for example. Let’s imagine that in mid-February we will have reached our goal of vaccinating the 14.5 million Britons most at risk against Covid-19. And that by the end of March we will have vaccinated the other 14.4 million, that is to say those over 50 years old. It would remain to vaccinate all the others. But that’s half the population and it takes time.

But when the vaccine moves from storage freezers to patient arms, will our daily lives change? When are we going to decide that it is reasonable to lift the restrictions? Will the fear of a third and fourth wave prevent us from returning to normal life?

Maybe we’ll get our master key out? With so many people immune and far less likely to be carriers of the virus, why wouldn’t we opt for the creation of a “Vaccination passport”? This is what Israel, the champion of vaccine efficacy, intends to put in place.

Let’s go back to our hypothetical April. The slow and gradual process of reopening schools, universities and shops will begin. But it will always be necessary to respect the wearing of the mask, the washing of the hands and the respect of two meters of distance. A painful and tedious situation. So how would we live if we had chosen the Israeli path?

For me it would be a rebirth. I would have been vaccinated at the end of February, and a few weeks later I could have downloaded my digital health certificate to my phone, alongside Apple Pay, the anti-Covid app and whatever is in my wallet. virtual. [Mon club de foot londonien] Tottenham, the theater, my favorite restaurants and Heathrow airport would have already notified me by notification that I was welcome to stay with them, provided I produced a vaccination certificate. I would then be the happiest of men and our economy would benefit as well. And the more vaccination progressed in the population, the more we would be in public places.

The fear of slackening

Of course, there are many objections. First, there are the privacy issues. Some believe that the obligation to produce a vaccination certificate is dragging us down the slippery slope of the electronic identity card. In addition, there is the respectable and long-standing debate over vaccination [au Royaume-Uni, la vaccination est recommandée mais non obligatoire]. Giving benefits to people who have been vaccinated is a way of forcing people to get vaccinated.

Another argument: the legitimate fear that a vaccination passport creates a feeling of security

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