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Vaccination passports are nothing new – and the sooner we have them, the better | Letter

I still have the stamped and dated certificates for smallpox and yellow fever that were required for travel in the 1950s and 60s, writes Dr David Boswell

Just before the inoculation programme was rolled out, I wrote to my GP pointing out that soon travel agents, airlines and other countries would require certificates of vaccination against Covid-19, and asking what was being done to provide these (Coronavirus vaccine strategy needs rethink after resistant variants emerge, say scientists, 8 February). I got no reply.

Now this is a major issue. Yet one is only given a tiny card recording the date and type of vaccine. This is clearly inadequate, and why should GPs be expected to provide, on request, their own versions, which would probably not be recognised internationally, anyway?

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