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Calls grow for vaccine passports

Liz Boyle shows her COVID-19 vaccination card to host Kevin Meskan before entering a performance at City Winery in New York, as part of the venue’s coronavirus protocols, on May 26.
Liz Boyle shows her COVID-19 vaccination card to host Kevin Meskan before entering a performance at City Winery in New York, as part of the venue’s coronavirus protocols, on May 26.Victor J. Blue/NYT

Recovery of international travel during the pandemic is hampered by poor documentation of vaccination status and the problem of counterfeit vaccination cards being sold online.

It is a shame that as we move toward booster shots, there are no plans nationally to implement something like Europe’s “green pass” as an adjunct to the paper cards from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that are given to vaccine recipients.

Meanwhile, Massachusetts should adopt the concept of New York’s Excelsior Pass. What better time to do this than when boosters are administered and vaccination status can easily be documented. Governor Baker needs to move ahead on such a program.

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Dr. Jeffrey Kaufman

Needham


Following the lead of other states, notably Hawaii and New York, when will Massachusetts be able to provide its citizens with COVID-19 vaccine passports that are recognized internationally? I carry my vaccine card, reduced to 90 percent of its original size and laminated, in my wallet at all times, but that is hardly official when one crosses an international border.

Ben Myers

Harvard