vaccine passport


plural vaccine passports
: a physical or digital document providing proof of vaccination against one or more infectious diseases (such as COVID-19)
Around the world, governments and other organizations are developing COVID-19 vaccine passports—documentation to allow vaccinated people greater mobility and access to other services—to speed society's reopening and a return to ordinary life.Ryan Tanner and Colleen M. Flood
New York state is the first to issue a vaccine passport, which people can show to obtain entry to sporting venues, concert halls and participating businesses, while the governor of Florida has banned them.Allyson Chiu
And now the push to return to a more normal life has triggered a lot of discussion about vaccine passports, in which users can upload proof of vaccination on a smartphone app for potential entry into work, school, or other venues.Kay Lazar
The BHA [British Horseracing Authority] is now in the process of developing a new online register of vaccine passports. A digital database, which could be launched next year, would give authorities immediate access to the number of horses who have their jabs up to date.Tom Morgan

Examples of vaccine passport in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The government is eavesdropping through your vaccine passports!). Chris Vognar, Los Angeles Times, 5 Sep. 2023 That once vaccine passports were issued, there would be no escape. Time, 5 July 2023 Such requirements aren’t in place at Disney World, and Florida lawmakers already have banned businesses from requiring immunization credentials known as vaccine passports. Skyler Swisher, Orlando Sentinel, 25 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

2009, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vaccine passport was in 2009

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“Vaccine passport.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

vaccine passport

: a physical or digital document providing proof of vaccination against one or more infectious diseases
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