The public supports COVID-19 vaccine passports for international travel

In our latest survey made for the World Economic Forum, we find mixed views about mandating vaccine certificates for everyday activities. Here, we bring you the most important insights into public opinion about the new vaccine passports.

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On average, about three in four adults across 28 countries agree that COVID-19 vaccine passports should be required of travelers to enter their country, and that they would be effective in making travel and large events safe. About two in three say they should be required to access large public venues and as many expect they will be widely used in their country. On the other hand, only about half agree they should be required for shops, restaurants, and offices. 

Views about vaccine passports

 

 

On average, globally:

  • 78% agree that travelers entering their country should be required to have a vaccine passport. The most insisting are found in Malaysia with 92% and Peru with 90% agreeing. 
  • 73% agree that vaccine passports would be effective in making travel and large events safe; a majority in every country agree – from 84% in mainland China and Argentina to 52% in Hungary. 
  • 67% agree that large public venues should require a vaccine passport. 
  • 55% agree that vaccine passports should be required in shops, restaurants, and offices across all countries. The support varies from strongest in India with 78% agreeing to weakest in Poland (55%), the United States (52%), and Belgium (52%). 

Allowing access to health data and vaccination records

On average, globally:

  • 84% of adults say they are comfortable with their doctor having access to their health data and vaccination record, including 50% who say that they are very comfortable.
  • 56% of employed adults report being comfortable with their employer having access to their personal health information, with 21% being very comfortable. 
  • 50% of adults say they are comfortable with their government having access to their health data and vaccination record, with 18% saying they are very comfortable with it. 
  • Only 40% say they are comfortable allowing private companies to access their health data and vaccination record while 53% are not. Discomfort is most prevalent in the Netherlands (77%) and France (74%).

Overall, older people tend to be more comfortable letting their doctor have access to their health and vaccination information than are younger people. In contrast, younger people tend to be more comfortable allowing their employer, their government, and private companies to access their personal health information. 

Length of time vaccine certificate or passport should be required for activities and travel

  • 32% say that a vaccine certificate or passport should only be required for only a few months.
  • Another 32% say until at least the end of the year.
  • 23% say that a vaccine certificate or passport should be required for the next several years.
  • 13% say it should be required indefinitely.

Only those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 should be allowed to do things involving large groups of people, such as taking public transit, flying, and attending cultural and sporting events.

- Chosen by 54%, Globally 

 

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About the Study
In this survey, Ipsos defined a COVID-19 vaccine passport as a record or health data certificate that would prove whether an individual has been vaccinated against COVID-19 or has recently tested negative for COVID-19, and that would be accessible electronically (e.g., on mobile phone apps) or as a printed document or card. 
The report shows findings from two surveys of adults under the age of 75 conducted by Ipsos on its Global Advisor online platform: A 28-country survey based on 21,021 interviews held between March 26 and April 9, 2021, and a 12-country survey based on 15,529 interviews held April 8-11, 2021.

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