A Terrible Great Idea? COVID-19 ‘Vaccination Passports’ in the Spotlight

Working Paper No. 153 The Centre on Migration, Policy & Society University of Oxford (2021)

28 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2021 Last revised: 2 Apr 2021

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Oskar Josef Gstrein

University of Groningen - Campus Fryslân; Europa-Institut, Saarland University

Dimitry Kochenov

CEU Democracy Institute, Budapest; CEU Department of Legal Studies, Vienna

Andrej Zwitter

Campus Fryslân

Date Written: March 10, 2021

Abstract

This article looks at central opportunities and drawbacks of the ‘passportization’ approach to governing the current health emergency. It showcases the complexity of the ‘vaccination passports’ idea, the technological and organisational difficulties expected during implementation, as well as its regrettable appeal. We provide a comprehensive overview on the ongoing discussion with analysis of arguments relating to the ethical, social and legal perspective. We submit that vaccination passports will not become the main tool in the fight with the COVID-19 crisis and are unlikely to play a positive role in the mitigation of its impact. There is no clear and straightforward connection to safety and security, while their rapid introduction might have similar consequences to opening Pandora’s box of discrimination and stigmatization.

Keywords: COVID-19, Vaccination, Vaccine Passports, Digital Green Certificate, EU, Discrimination, Privacy, Governance

Suggested Citation

Gstrein, Oskar Josef and Kochenov, Dimitry and Kochenov, Dimitry and Zwitter, Andrej, A Terrible Great Idea? COVID-19 ‘Vaccination Passports’ in the Spotlight (March 10, 2021). Working Paper No. 153 The Centre on Migration, Policy & Society University of Oxford (2021), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3802154 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3802154

Oskar Josef Gstrein

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Andrej Zwitter

Campus Fryslân ( email )

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