2021 Essay Contest – The Solution or the Problem? An Analysis of Vaccine Passports

Essay Question: Should citizens who refuse to get vaccinated have the same rights and freedoms as those who do get vaccinated?

3rd Place

Title: The Solution or the Problem? An Analysis of Vaccine Passports

Written by: Gabriel Taranger

The issue of vaccine passports is becoming all the more relevant to people worldwide, Canadians included, as a growing number of Canadian provinces have mandated them (Durrani), and the federal government has introduced a vaccine passport for local and international travel (“COVID-19 Proof of vaccination in Canada”). For the purpose of this essay, I shall primarily analyze this issue from a Canadian perspective, although data will be drawn from studies from other nations, as well. Even though the majority of Canadians support the implementation of a vaccine passport (The Canadian Press), there are two much more fundamental factors that determine whether such a measure should be taken. For a law to be reckoned as good, it must be in harmony with constitutional rights and freedoms, and overall bring about more good than harm.

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