U.S. Public Views about COVID-19 "Immunity Passports"

@inproceedings{Hall2021USPV,
  title={U.S. Public Views about COVID-19 "Immunity Passports"},
  author={Mark A. Hall and David M Studdert},
  booktitle={medRxiv},
  year={2021}
}
Importance: Discovery of effective vaccines and increased confidence that infection confers extended protection against COVID-19 have renewed discussion of using immunity certificates or "passports" to selectively reduce ongoing public health restrictions. Objective: To determine public views regarding government and private conferral of immunity privileges. Design and Setting: U.S. national on-line survey fielded in June 2020. Participants were randomly asked about either government "passports… 
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