Vaccine certificates from one country may not be accepted by another

By: Thomas I. Likness
EBC News Service

(Eagle News) — Vaccine passports could become a bureaucratic nightmare for some people as large events in some countries require proof of immunization against Covid-19.

A case in point is the Springsteen On Broadway show in New York City.

All fans over the age of 16 must provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before the day they want to attend.

And they must have been immunized with a U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved vaccine.

“At the direction of New York State, only F-D-A-approved Covid-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson) will be accepted for proof of vaccination for ticket holders 16 years and older,” reads the instruction on the show’s website.

“The only exception will be for children under the age of 16, who must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult and also must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test,” the website advises.

That creates a problem for Canadians who want to attend the show but were vaccinated in Canada with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

They will not be admitted because that vaccine has not been approved in the U-S.

And this could be the first of many problems with vaccine passports or vaccine certificates.

What is considered acceptable immunization in one country may not be recognized in another.

Travelers may face similar problems in other parts of the world.

It’s yet another global problem that will have to be resolved as we emerge from the pandemic back into normality.
(Eagle News Service)