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), you know 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.
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.
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 expect us to have a record of our entire immunity profile. And if missing a key vaccination, we may find ourselves denied boarding, denied entry to a country, or even denied entry to a restaurant, museum, event or concert.
But for many of us, there is no past documentation of vaccinations or that we had many of childhood diseases and now 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.
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. The year my parents said I had measles, the CFR of measles was 2.1%, higher than that of Covid-19…