Updated: May 6, 2021
A document from the EU Commission, titled "Roadmap for Vaccination", charts an implementation plan for vaccine passports from 2018 to 2022.
The plan outlines the various steps and actions required, including combating vaccine "disinformation" and "hesitancy" on the route to launching an EU wide vaccine passport, with 2022 being the target year for full implementation. The document was drafted in 2014, 6 years before the Coronavirus pandemic struck Europe.
The document refers to a "common vaccination card/passport for all EU citizens, that is compatible with electronic immunisation information systems and recognised for use across borders."
As part of the roadmap a "Coalition for Vaccination" was formed in March 2019 "to commit to delivering accurate information to the public", "combating myths" and countering "online vaccine misinformation". Some of this is being implemented in laws such as the Online Harms Bill in the UK.
Legality and digital infrastructure
Consideration was also given to the legality and digital infrastructure needed to implement vaccine passports such as overcoming "legal and technical barriers impeding the interoperability of national immunisation information systems."
"Development of e-learning training modules targeting GPs and primary healthcare providers focused on improving skills to address hesitant populations and promote behavioural change".
To facilitate its roadmap, the EU's partners include: "The WHO and its Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE), the European Technical Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (ETAGE), the Global Health Security Initiative and Agenda processes (Global Health Security Initiative, Global Health Security Agenda), Unicef and financing and research initiatives like Gavi [founded by the The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation], CEPI, GloPID-R and JPIAMR (the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance)."
If you live in the UK, you will be aware of SAGE who have a spell-binding influence over the British government. Informing its policies on lockdowns and other non-pharmaceutical interventions.
Is this just all to convenient? What is certain is that 'vaccine passports' were already in the pipeline before the Coronavirus pandemic. The Vaccine Roadmap's completion, thanks to an unfortunate turn of events, is likely assured.