We all might need vaccine passports.
As vaccines have begun to roll out and dreams of traveling again are increasingly becoming more of a reality, Dr. Anthony Fauci said it is “quite possible” that having the COVID-19 vaccine or presenting a vaccine passport will be necessary for future getaways.
In an interview with Newsweek published Friday, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said that although he doesn’t foresee a national vaccine mandate, he can imagine it being required traveling or attending school.
“Everything will be on the table for discussion,” he told the magazine, noting that vaccine mandates may be decided at the state or city level.
At their core, vaccine passports allow travelers to prove they have immunization for a contagious virus or infection. And the concept isn’t new: several countries in Africa, for example, require travelers to prove they have been vaccinated against yellow fever with an international certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis (or a “yellow card”).
“So we, in this country, don’t require [people] to get a yellow fever vaccine when you go some place. It’s the place to which you are going that requires it,” Fauci explained, adding it is “quite possible” a COVID-19 vaccine will be required to travel in the future.