A Vaccine Passport to Freedom?

Apr 22, 2021 by

by David Robertson, Christian Today:

China has one. Japan is getting one. The European Union is proposing to have a green one. America probably won’t have one, but many of its corporations and companies will, and the British government is rumoured to be planning one too. One week the vaccine minister, Nadhim Zahawi, says they would not happen. The next week, foreign secretary Dominic Raab said they were ‘under consideration’. By the time this article is published it could well be government policy!

We are of course talking about the ‘vaccine passport’ – a document or app which would show that you have been vaccinated against Covid and which would allow you to travel or attend mass events again.

What are the issues here and is there anything in particular that the Church should be concerned about?

There are strong arguments for vaccine passports. Firstly, they might give us our freedoms back – freedom to travel, to meet together, to work and to enjoy a more normal life. Secondly, they might encourage more people to get vaccinated. And they will enable governments to better combat the spread of Covid-19.

At first glance and without a great deal of thought, I could not see where there would be any problem. Those who objected seemed to me to be a little like those Christians who see the mark of the beast on every bar code! But then I overcame my prejudices, went beyond the soundbites and simplistic slogans, and discovered that whilst it all sounds good, there is a downside as well. Consider.

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Read also: The damning verdict of Christian leaders on vaccine passports by Kathy Gyngell, The Conservative Woman

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