B.C. Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon has his COVID-19 vaccine QR code scanned in September, 2021.
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Vaccine passports became one of the most divisive issues of the COVID-19 pandemic. These policies were affected not only by public opinion but by new variants and changing goals for herd immunity.
Vaccine mandates and passports have resulted in protests, like this one in London, U.K.
Vaccine passports can and have been used to increase surveillance by governments. Transparency and accountability are crucial for protecting the privacy of civilians.
A ‘Freedom Convoy’ has been protesting vaccine mandates at Parliament Hill, but most Canadians don’t share their views on COVID-19 restrictions.
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Most Canadians support government measures to help control the spread of COVID-19, according to a public opinion study. But they’re growing weary of the pandemic.
A professor of digital society and an ethics researcher discuss COVID passes and what they mean for the UK.
COVID passes lower the risk of transmission and incentivise vaccine uptake at a time when boosters are desperately needed.
Media coverage of public health advisories has caused anxiety in many citizens who may deem tourism activities too risky during the pandemic.
Now that restrictions are lifting and leisure travel is resuming, we need to be reminded that travel has positive effects on our health and wellness.
Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth, an Ottawa family doctor who hosted several pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics, speaks in Ottawa in August 2021 during JabaPalooza, a rally calling on Ontario to adopt a provincial COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
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The decisions of medical health-care professionals like doctors and nurse practitioners are more legally significant than ever before since they are determining vaccination exemptions.
Most countries experienced serious outbreaks of COVID before widespread vaccination was available. Will it make the difference as New Zealand walks a narrow path towards opening up?
There are very few situations where someone can’t have a COVID vaccine for medical reasons.
With the government decision on alert levels due today, it’s clear a more radical approach to vaccination is needed — including restrictions for eligible but unvaccinated people.
Talking about your own experience can help normalise vaccination.
Desperate for visitors to return, tourism-reliant Pacific nations are racing to re-open borders before Christmas. But will tourists feel safe enough to travel?
If staff enforce the rules, they risk harassment and lost tips. But if they overlook unsafe behaviour, they risk further COVID transmission.
Facilities should work with community sport organizations and their personnel to develop return to activity frameworks.
What are the best recommendations that would help mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission in sport and recreation facilities?
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Ethics should be the first consideration on vaccine policy – ahead of purely medical advice and politics. But the considerations are many and they are complex.
The federal government has awarded $75 million to Accenture to design a digital replacement for the cards filled in by international arrivals, complete with details of passengers’ COVID vaccination status.
If a vaccination certificate becomes mandatory for work and other activities, does that mean vaccination is effectively mandatory too?
Australians will soon need to prove they’re fully vaccinated to do things like travel overseas and visit restaurants and pubs.
Protesters might make some noise, but not enough to stop vaccine passports becoming Australia’s preferred policy.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison talked about the Kabul bombings on Friday but didn’t announce what happened at National Cabinet.
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Brokering peace among the factions appearing in National Cabinet will be key to a successful transition to reopening Australia. But there are many gaps in the plan.