Requirements of a Vaccine Passport (Initial Version - v0.03)

Progressive Analysis of Ethnometodological Requirements of the SARS-COV-2 Vaccine Passport - A Contribution by CDD  


The requirements analysis underpinning a SARS-COV-2 vaccination passport that is proposed by HM Goverment in the UK would seem to include 5 critical areas for a successful engineering programme 

  • Deployment
  • Confirmation
  • Trusted Data
  • Ethics & Legality
  • Cost

1. Deployment

Rapidity based on the utilisation of existing and ubiquitous networked technologies deemed sufficiently secure and suited to purpose and being sufficiently fast.  

2. Confirmation

Rescindable affirmation as governed by HMG Digital Identies and Attributes including: 

  • vaccine efficacy (and duration) against specific viral strains
  • passport useage within a geographical area and the prevailing viral strains present there
  • Current COVID status and test history
  • the vaccine(s) medication applied to the passport holder
  • the passport holder's digitally verifiable identity 

3. Trusted Data

Data protection both in transit and at rest, with strictly limited access, securely processed in terms of addition, enquiry, updating, deletion and management purposes, and encompassing only the passport holders viral protection levels over time and their transmissibility and all achieving a mathematically demonstrable level of trustworthiness and compliant with HMG Digital Identies and Attributes

4. Ethics & Legality

Compliance with broadest spectrum of national and international legal rights and non-discrimination and the greatest legislative simplicity ensuring international implementation and acceptance.

5. Cost 

Lowest possible level of implementation charge to ensure highest probable take-up by stakeholders in legislative jurisdictions, health authorities and users communities.

It is apparent that UK government have gone ahead with a passport provision menchaism that is based on the current mobile phone application with does not include the requirements as analysed above.  The approach involves a traveller access the NHS services to obtain an QR code which can be scanned in order to provide a subset of information from the patient's NHS records. This is good, but clearyl open open to abuse.  


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