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Vaccine Passports – Legal and Policy Issues

Vaccine passports are here. But how should we manage them, and how far should we go?

COVID-19 vaccine passports/certificates have been advanced as a tool to help safely reopen society and speed a return to normal life, as well as a way of motivating hesitant people to become vaccinated. Already in use in different countries and regions across the world, Canada is following close behind and will soon have proof-of-vaccination requirements and digital passport systems in place across the country (as of fall 2021). But uncertainty and suspicion about how they will or should be used continues to make vaccine passports highly controversial. Our team's work aims to investigate and advise on legal and policy issues around vaccine passports' rationale and design, the government's proper role in regulating them, and persistent related concerns over privacy, equity, liberty, and coercion.

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Colleen Flood

Professor
Faculty of Law
University of Ottawa

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Jennifer Gibson

Director
University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics

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Vivek Krishnamurthy

Professor
Faculty of Law
University of Ottawa

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Ryan Tanner

LL.M. Candidate
Faculty of Law
University of Ottawa

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Bryan Thomas

Research Associate
Faculty of Law
University of Ottawa

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Kumanan Wilson

Physician
Department of Medicine

The Ottawa Hospital / Bruyère