|GARETH FULLER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images|
(summit.news) - Reports indicate that the UK National Health Service is to issue everyone vaccinated against coronavirus with an ‘immunization identity card’, with the government refusing to rule out that the cards will be used like passports to reintegrate into society.
The card has a space for the name and batch number of the vaccine, as well as the date that it was injected. A second space denotes the fact that Pfizer’s shot requires two vaccinations.
While many have expressed concerns that the cards are evidence that the government is moving toward effectively mandating vaccination, others have noted how flimsy and easy to fake the cards in the photo appear.
‘No photo, no details. What could possibly go wrong?’ one commenter pointed out.
The NHS is planning to issue everyone who has had a #coronavirus vaccine with an ‘immunisation card’.— Sky News (@SkyNews) December 7, 2020
Govt minister James Cleverly refused to deny that the cards will be used as "passports" back to a more normal life.
Follow today’s #COVID19 live blog 👇https://t.co/LqVGISgQ0N
Previous reports suggested that the British government is developing a system to provide COVID vaccinated people with QR codes on their phones, which they would present to get into sports events, concerts and other large gatherings.
In addition, the world’s largest air transport lobby group is developing a global ‘COVID travel pass’ app that could link vaccination status and coronavirus test results to a person’s travel documents.
The British government’s announcement comes after the independent Welsh government announced that people who take the COVID vaccine will get immunisation ID cards.
In the US, similar ‘record cards’ were unveiled last week.
Here’s the card you’ll get when you eventually get the Covid-19 vaccine.— CNN (@CNN) December 3, 2020
Everyone will get a card "they can put in their wallet that will tell them what they had and when their next dose is due," says Dr. Kelly Moore of the Immunization Action Coalition. https://t.co/pLj8YnH02T pic.twitter.com/66CIDc246T