CBS declares vaccine passports as must-haves for 2021 summer travelers
Mainstream media outlet CBS News declared that “vaccination passports” will be a necessity for those planning to travel in the new normal.
The news outlet’s pronouncement came amid predictions that domestic and international travel will resume in the summer of 2021. The travel industry and its related sectors experienced a standstill at the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, but is set to resume as COVID-19 vaccination programs appear to establish herd immunity.
CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg predicted that travel would most likely return in the summer of 2021, and that prerequisite documents would be needed before people can do so. He stated that these documents would serve as proof that people were vaccinated against the Wuhan coronavirus.
Greenberg said that these so-called vaccination passports “will be required” and will be the new standard in travel. But the travel editor expressed a bigger concern: “The real question is what technology will be available to create a universally acceptable and readable document that can’t be forged.”
The journalist remarked that early models of these vaccine passports will likely be physical, with later editions becoming fully digital. Both the public and private sectors in different countries worldwide are now in the process of developing preliminary versions of these digital credentials. Greenberg said that when these passports are rolled out, travel authorities will “be asking for it at [the] point of departure and … point of entry.” Airline ticket counters, passport control lanes and Customs and Border Protection embarkation points are some of the places that may ask for the vaccine passports, he added.
Greenberg estimated that vaccine passports would see widespread use in cruise lines and some air carriers around July 2021 at the earliest.
The CBS News journalist cited Denmark’s use of the vaccine passport as a model for the U.S. to follow. The Nordic country is currently developing a digital passport for citizens that contains all pertinent medical information.