Ontario Is First Provincial Government To Hint At COVID 'Immunity Passport' For Travel
Christine Elliott, Minister of Health, Ontario.
The Toronto Sunreported that Ontario's Health Minister Christine Elliott said on Tuesday that the provincial government is discussing the idea of an “immunity passport” to show who has been vaccinated against COVID-19.
In a story published 10DEC, Sun columnist Brian Lilley wrote that the minister was asked about whether Ontario would provide proof of vaccination to residents. She was quoted as saying, “Yes, because that’s going to be really important for people to have for travel purposes, perhaps for work purposes, for going to theatres or cinemas or any other places where people will be in closer physical contact.”
While provincial officials have said that vaccination won't be mandatory, Lilley wondered about the legality of needing a vaccination document before engaging in specific activities like travel.
"Several legal experts I spoke with both on and off the record said they will need to see details before knowing how far the government is going. That said, the consensus was that what Elliott described would violate the Charter," wrote Lilley.
In November, the International Air Transportation Association announced it was working on a “Travel Pass” that would record a traveller's COVID-19 test results or vaccination certificate as a means of getting people travelling safely again.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has stated that it does not recommend governments issue “immunity passports,” but is instead studying an e-vaccination certificate program like one it is developing with the Baltic nation of Estonia.
“We are looking very closely into the use of technology in this COVID-19 response, one of them how we can work with member states toward an e-vaccination certificate,” Siddhartha Datta, Europe’s WHO program manager for vaccine-preventable diseases, told reporters on a call from Copenhagen early in December.
Lisa Z- December 10, 2020 @ 15:40
Why wouldn't covid 19 be treated just like yellow fever, etc as a vaccination for entry into countries where you are planning to travel that have proof of vaccine requirements? An electronic version is much more 21st century than the old fashioned yellow vaccination card we carry now.
sylvia Kerins- December 10, 2020 @ 14:19
Of course. You can't board a flight without and ID, travel internationally without a passport or go to some countries without proof of certain vaccinations.
Max Johnson- December 10, 2020 @ 13:16
An interesting issue; here are some further thoughts