Are we ready for COVID-19’s golden passport? Insights from a global physician survey

P. Murali Doraiswamy*, Mohan M. Chilukuri, Alexandra R. Linares, Katrina A. Bramstedt

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Abstract

Introduction: COVID-19 immunity passports could protect the right to free movement, but critics worry about insufficient evidence, privacy, fraud, and discrimination. We aimed to characterize the global physician community’s opinion regarding immunity passports. Methods: Cross-sectional, random stratified sample of physicians registered with Sermo, a global networking platform open to verified and licensed physicians. The survey aimed to sample 1,000 physicians divided among the USA, EU and rest of the world. The survey question on immunology asked physicians to offer their insights into whether we know enough about COVID-19 immunity and its duration to offer immunity passports at the present time. Results: The survey was completed by 1004 physicians (67 specialties, 40 countries, 49% frontline specialties) with a mean (SD) age of 49.14 (12) years. Overall, 52% answered NO, 17% were UNCERTAIN, and 31% answered YES (P <0.05). EU physicians were more likely to say YES but even among them it did not exceed 35% approval. US physicians (60%) were more likely to say NO. Conclusion: Our findings suggest a current lack of support among physicians for immunity passports. It is hoped that ongoing research and vaccine trials will provide further clarity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-90
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Health and Social Sciences
Volume6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021

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