As plans to develop vaccine passports for travel, leisure or work purposes gain pace, there is still far too much confusion and resistance to the concept amongst a large swathe of the British population.
Young people are highly suspicious of the idea of sharing their personal medical data with nightclub bouncers, for example, to enter a club. Yet the UK government is pressing ahead with the strategy, recently announcing that, from September onwards, COVID-19 vaccine passports will be necessary to enter events or public places with large crowds.
Too many people continue to view the requirement to show a digital health certificate to gain entry to an event, workplace, or an international departure lounge as an attack on personal freedom. The Big Brother Watch “Stop Covid Passes” campaign, signed by numerous cross-party MPs, is a clear indicator of the strength of this movement, which claims that Covid passes are an infringement of our individual civil liberties.
It might seem like a compelling argument to many, although the fact is that the BBW campaign is based on false assumptions. What will happen if we don’t give individuals a safe, confidential, and simple way of proving their vaccination or test status to travel abroad or to enter public workplaces or events? Are we not at risk of denying them the very freedoms that civil liberties campaigners are so vocal about?
The only viable answer to the problem is to give individuals complete control over their own health and personal data. Then provide people with the option and ability to confirm their vaccination or test status, confidentially and securely, with employers, event organisers, border control officers or anyone else in authority as and when necessary.
Privacy-first medical wallets such as Q-Wallet give individuals the ability to securely store medical documents, work credentials and other types of documentation. And as the user can anonymise their data should they need to share it – such as confirmation of a negative Covid test or a vaccination cert – they can feel safe knowing that they are not sharing any personal information, only the fact that they have received said test or cert.
Plus, because the technology behind Q-Wallet is decentralised, it allows both individual employees and their employers (or event organisers, airlines, or other necessary authorities) to work together to implement a trusted and controlled process with confidence. And one that ensures the safety of all staff, visitors, travellers, and others, both during the current pandemic and those that may arise in the future.
Allowing individuals to control how (and with whom) they choose to share their medical data and records is crucial to preserve their trust and ensure their ongoing safety. Using a protected, confidential platform such as Q-Link, any business can now seamlessly manage the exchange of verified digital health documents between employers, staff, and contractors.
Q-Authenticator, part of the Q-Link platform, enables any organisation to determine entry conditions and validate health credentials presented by the user from their Wallet. The Wallet generates a secure unique roaming QR code that Authenticator can scan from over two metres away to verify that the test certificate belongs to the user presenting it. All without accessing any of the user’s personal information.