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In Brief

  • The Facts:According to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the federal government is still looking “very carefully” at the prospect of vaccine passports— requiring some form of proof of vaccination to travel.
  • Reflect On:Are coronavirus vaccine passports the way to go? What if somebody is not sick? What if somebody already has antibodies from natural infection? What if a large amount of people disagree? Should governments have this kind of power?

What Happened: The idea of vaccine certificates, or vaccine “passports” have been a common theme throughout this pandemic, and they are already being implemented. Not long ago Denmark began requiring people to use a new COVID certificate to enter certain businesses or face fines, one of the first European countries to do so. A “green pass” is also required in Israel for citizens to enter into certain spaces.

What’s being rolled out in several countries seems to be a good indicator of what is most likely to come in others, and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently stated that the Canadian government is still looking “very carefully” at the prospect of vaccine passports, which would require proof of vaccination in order to be eligible for travel.

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