With the coronavirus vaccine’s initial rollout at the end of last year, I wasn’t sure how vaccine administration would go. If I had to guess, I would have assumed that front-line workers would have started to get vaccinated, and then vaccines wouldn’t be widely available for those who wanted it beyond essential workers.
From what I’ve seen, that hasn’t been the case. The majority of the people I know have been able to get the vaccine if they wanted it. That being said, the group of people I’ve talked to is not necessarily representative of the whole population, so I can’t speak for everyone.
As many people begin to get vaccinated, the Biden administration has begun discussing how to set standards for proof of vaccination. There are as many as 17 different initiatives in the works to develop their own “vaccine passport” namely, The World Health Organization, the International Air Transport Association, and a tech company called the Vaccination Credential Initiative.
New York recently started using a digital pass developed by IBM that shows both vaccination status and COVID-19 test results. Madison square garden has displayed interest in implementing the digital pass for admissions to events.
While not ‘mandated,’ governments appear to be pulling off a bait and switch, easing public tensions with verbiage that makes them feel they have a choice, when in reality their freedom to do almost anything in life will be hindered unless they roll up their sleeve and take a new, experimental vaccine that still hasn’t been fully approved by the FDA. The FDA has only provided approval via the Emergency Use Authorization.
Proof of vaccination will likely be required to travel internationally. While there is talk of vaccination being required for major gatherings it is currently unknown how far the vaccine passport concept will extend.