81% urban Indians want vaccine passports by year end: WEF-Ipsos

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Vaccine passports or health certificates for citizens. Urban Indians and global citizens are strong votaries of COVID19 Vaccine Passports for citizens for travel, events and commercial places.

A Vaccine Passport is a record or health data certificate that would carry information about the vaccine status (whether a person has been inoculated) or has tested negative for COVID 19 and would be accessible electromagnetically, on mobile apps or as printed documents or cards.

Interestingly, an overwhelming majority of urban Indians and global citizens favor COVID-19 Vaccine Passports for citizens to aid in different ways – for entering any country – 78% global citizens and 84% Indians support; for making travel & large events safe – 73% global citizens and 82% urban Indians agree; at large public places of concert halls and stadiums – 67% global citizens and 82% urban Indians agree; andat shops, restaurants & offices – 1 in 2 global citizens agree (55%) and 78% urban Indians agree.

In fact, at least 81% of urban Indians polled foresee vaccine passports becoming a reality by the end of the year. Two thirds of global citizens (66%), too expect positive outcomes with the vaccine passport decree.

Amit-Adarkar-CEO-Ipsos-India-scaled.jpgAmit Adarkar, CEO, Ipsos India, says, “COVID 19 Vaccine Passports or Health Certificates will provide the best safety measure to citizens, to usher in normalcy. Majority of urban Indians advocate its implementation and global citizens too. After mass vaccination and testing, certification should be the next logical step.

“Such resounding popular support suggests an overwhelming desire of people to return to a sense of normalcy. Vaccine passports could be a good enabler to overcome vaccine hesitancy,” Adarkar added.

Comfort with sharing personal health data and vaccination record

 Interestingly, urban Indians have no qualms about sharing their personal health data and vaccination recordwith different stakeholders – whether doctors (87% agree), employer (78% agree), govt. (78% agree) or private companies like airlines, tech companies or hotels (68% agree).

Global citizens were found to be relatively more conservative and cautious. While they were OK with doctors accessing their data (84%), they were less comfortable with employer (56%), govt (50%) and private companies (40%).