Quebec to Launch Digital COVID-19 Vaccine ‘Passports’ on Smartphones
Quebec Health Minister Christian Dubé wants to create a digital vaccine ‘passport’ and have it made available on smartphones.
According to CTV News, Dubé detailed more about the controversial idea, that is has not been supported by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The premise is for those vaccinated against COVID-19 to easily prove it, by showing evidence from their smartphone.
The health minister said “the goal is easy”, when asked about vaccine passports, noting they would be “quite helpful”.
“We are in the digital world, and I don’t see why we could not have… what we call the QR code that we have on our boarding pass when we fly,” said Dubé. “So I think it’s just normal that we go there.”
According to Dubé, he believes those wanting vaccine passports were to allow them to travel again, not just to show locally in Quebec.
Quebec send out proof of vaccinations during the H1N1 pandemic years ago but this time it wants a digital solution, accessible from a smartphone.
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The World Health Organization opposes vaccine passports, as it says it remains unclear how vaccines can lower COVID-19 transmission rates.