Several major COVID-19 vaccines have been announced in recent weeks, giving rise to hopes that the world may soon return to some semblance of normalcy after the coronavirus killed 1.46 million people and wiped out part of the global economy. UK Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi said vaccination should be voluntary, but Google, Facebook and Twitter should do more to verify opposing views on vaccines.
When asked if the UK would introduce an immunity passport, Zahawi said a person’s COVID-19 vaccine status could be included in a phone app, similar to the Test and Trace app. used by the National Health Service, which would inform local doctors of a person’s status. .
“I think you will probably find that restaurants, bars, cinemas and other places, sports venues, will probably also use this system as they did with the [Test and Trace] app, ”he says.
“The kind of pressure will come both ways: from service providers – who will say ‘look, show us you’ve been vaccinated’ – but also, we’ll make the technology as easy and accessible as possible. ”
Health authorities in many countries have become increasingly concerned in recent years about the growth of anti-vaccine groups, particularly active on social media.
Zahawi declined to give a specific date for a vaccine deployment as none have yet been approved for public use.
The message, he said, should be that a vaccine is good for the community and the country.