COVID-19 vaccine passports open the door to many thorny scenarios, holds Kaylee McGhee White of The Washington Examiner. First off, forcing all businesses, from cinemas to stadiums, to require proof of vaccination is a harsh measure. Furthermore, it would exclude millions of Americans that have the right to choose whether to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The time of crisis is likely waning. Around 20% of the population has been vaccinated while 55% of it has a natural immunity to the disease. Allowing only the vaccinated people to return to normal would be harmful to millions of Americans. Encouragement, not force, is the right way forward.
Vaccine passports would help the US in its fight against COVID-19, asserts Paul Waldman in The Washington Post. The topic is already being discussed in Europe and is working in places like Israel, where most of the population has been vaccinated. While some healthy skepticism is warranted, many critics are being excessive. Privacy concerns are no bigger than those we face every day in the US. And excluding people from certain spaces is a worthy price to pay to stop a disease that has killed 550,000 Americans. During a global pandemic, strong measures are needed to prevent this terrible loss of life from continuing.