Vaccination passports will be available to Saint Lucian’s in the coming weeks, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet told reporters Tuesday.
A vaccination pass or passport is documentation proving that an individual has been vaccinated against COVID-19.
It can be digital, like a phone app, or physical, such as a small paper card, which must be presented upon request.
Some versions will also allow people to show that they have tested negative for the virus, and therefore can more easily travel.
As more people are inoculated, there will likely be aspects of public life in which only people who have been vaccinated are allowed to live with some degree of normalcy as before COVID-19.
“So the Government Modernisation Unit has already been working with the Ministry of Health for the last three weeks on creating an electronic version so we started off with as you know, a manual implementation of the rollout of the vaccination,” the prime minister said.
“I’m hoping that by next week, the electronic version will be done so we will manually update the database, and it will create, will produce an electronic file for you that you’ll access online but certainly you can also put it into your iPhone or when you’re travelling that will give you an electronic record of your vaccination,” Chastanet added.
The vaccination passport is already being looked at by several countries around the world, including the United States, Canada and Denmark.
Airline companies are also among several businesses looking into the passport, as they believe it will help revive the various sectors hardest hit by the pandemic, especially travel and hospitality.
“Many persons who are going to travel are realising that it is going to be a requirement to be able to travel, certainly would be much easier to travel with a vaccine than not travelling without a vaccine and we certainly want to make sure as a government that we’re facilitating that process,” Chastanet said.