Vaccination passports are said to be unfair and unreliable | Editorial
The millions of people who have been vaccinated with COVID are making the same (or more) contribution to ending the pandemic in America. Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than 83 million Americans have developed immunity naturally.
Add the two groups together and it’s easy to see why the number of cases has dropped.
But officials in New Jersey and the federal government will hardly recognize this other aspect of vaccination. Yet natural immunity appears to be as good, perhaps better, than that acquired through vaccination.
A National Institutes of Health study found that the immune systems of more than 95% of people recovering from COVID-19 had “lasting memories” of the virus for up to eight months after infection. Research recently published in Science found that natural immunity can last up to eight months. The vaccines are currently expected to last at least more than six months. For both, it takes more experience and data to understand how long immunity lasts.
But while governments and even some businesses push for the use of vaccination passports, those with natural immunity are being ignored. There is no provision for them to present their positive test results, or even their return to work certificates issued by the health authorities.
Vaccine passports or vaccination registration cards are not secure records and may never be. Privacy laws restrict the collection and sharing of patient information. There is no federal database of immunization registers. Half of the states use their childhood immunization records – handy for pediatricians to check the condition of their patients – to record COVID vaccinations. But access to such a database for confirmation should be unlimited, an invitation to problems.