The other complication of vaccine passports

I have a list of the dozen or so countries that have announced “vaccine passports”, plus businesses considering requiring vaccine passports soon.

Once they start requesting a digital vaccine passport certificate (Via your cellphone), this will quickly expand to proof of vaccination for many other diseases too. For many of us, that could be a problem because vaccines are a modern invention and many adults never had the vaccinations now given routinely to children. Many of us had the actual diseases, as kids – but we have no proof.

Today, kids in the U.S. will receive vaccinations for 14 to 17 diseases.

I was vaccinated for smallpox (which is no longer one of the required vaccines) and polio. And nothing else. Thus, in contemporary terms, I had one vaccination.

As an adult I’ve had tetanus, Shingrix and an annual influenza vaccination. That’s it.

Supposedly I had measles, mumps and chicken pox as a child (but not rubella). Today, the CDC expects us to have lab proof of having had childhood diseases or proof of vaccination – especially for measles and especially if traveling internationally.

In our façade of achieving a zero risk world, our vaccine passports will soon have a record of our entire immunity profile. If missing a key vaccination, we may find ourselves denied boarding, denied entry to a country, or denied entry to a restaurant, museum, event or concert.

Vaccine passports are set to become “May I see your papers, please?”

For many of us, there is no past documentation of vaccinations or that we had many childhood diseases and have immunity. Our option is to get tested (which is expensive), then get vaccinated if we did not have the disease, plus get new vaccinations available now (for example Hep A/B).

Yesterday I had my blood drawn for an MMR serology test. Pending results, I may be vaccinated or not for any of those. (Testing costs more than the vaccination – for unclear reasons, CDC says we should be tested prior to being vaccinated, but elsewhere says its okay to get vaccinated even if you had the disease before. Cost is not a factor to the bureaucrats at the CDC.) (Update: No immunity at detectable levels. Doesn’t mean I did not have the disease, only that it was a long time ago. Will be scheduling an adult MMR vaccination, then Hep A/B sequence start, then hopefully Covid-19, and then influenza by fall, and pneumonia vaccine in early 2022.)

I will get a Covid-19 vaccination once I am eligible. My state has moved its forecast of Fall of 2021 to “eligible to try and sign up starting in June”. It may then take 2 or 3 months to get a time slot for actually getting vaccinated.

Note – I AM NOT an anti-vaxxer. There were only 2 vaccines when I was young and I was told I had most of the childhood diseases. In “the old days”, doctors made diagnoses based on signs on symptoms; only recently do we use “lab tests”. Consequently, most adults have no lab test proof of past diseases.

The year my parents said I had measles, the CFR of measles was 2.1%, higher than that of Covid-19…

Because of Covid-19, I reviewed the CDC’s recommendations for today’s vaccination programs. That’s where I learned that today’s kids may be vaccinated for up to 14 to 17 diseases – and that CDC now recommends some limited “catch up” vaccines for adults (up to 12- 13 vaccinations).

Vaccinations are a modern invention from about 1960 onwards, and many of the vaccines were replaced or added after 1980 to 1990. Many people born before the 1980s had many of the childhood diseases and have natural immunity (but likely have no proof of that).

I may be end up with an adult MMR vaccine, Hep A/B, and pneumonia vaccinations – all of which are now given to children. I presumably had measles, mumps and chicken pox, and the CDC considers me low risk for several diseases that children are now vaccinated against. The CDC says adults should have vaccinations for up to 13 diseases today.