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Receptiveness of and Implementation Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates in Asia: A Survey Across 9 Countries

Version 1 : Received: 19 August 2022 / Approved: 24 August 2022 / Online: 24 August 2022 (13:54:00 CEST)

How to cite: Ananthakrishnan, A.; Rachatan, C.; Faradiba, D.; KC, S.; Sittimart, M.; Dabak, S.V.; Shafie, A.A.; Suwantika, A.A.; Kang, G.; Ahn, J.; Hsu, L.Y.; Mayxay, M.; Howard, N.; Wattanasri, P.; Nakamura, R.; George, T.K.; Isaranuwatchai, W.; Teerawattananon, Y. Receptiveness of and Implementation Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates in Asia: A Survey Across 9 Countries. Preprints 2022, 2022080423 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202208.0423.v1). Ananthakrishnan, A.; Rachatan, C.; Faradiba, D.; KC, S.; Sittimart, M.; Dabak, S.V.; Shafie, A.A.; Suwantika, A.A.; Kang, G.; Ahn, J.; Hsu, L.Y.; Mayxay, M.; Howard, N.; Wattanasri, P.; Nakamura, R.; George, T.K.; Isaranuwatchai, W.; Teerawattananon, Y. Receptiveness of and Implementation Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccination Certificates in Asia: A Survey Across 9 Countries. Preprints 2022, 2022080423 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202208.0423.v1).

Abstract

COVID-19 vaccination certificates (CVCs) have played a key role in safe reopening of borders for international travel and trade, so understanding key stakeholder perceptions of enablers and barriers for their effective use is critical. The COVID-19 Vaccination Policy Research and Deci-sion-Support Initiative in Asia (CORESIA) was established to address policy questions related to CVCs. We conducted two online surveys, i.e., one for the public and one for health and non-health sector experts, from June to October 2021 in nine Asian countries. Descriptive analysis identified participants, enablers, and barriers. Most participants (78% public, 89% experts) accepted the use of CVCs, primarily to resume international travel (76%). Most respondents in both surveys wanted the minimum vaccination coverage to be 60% before CVCs were implemented nation-wide. Most of the public (82%) agreed to maintain existing non-pharmaceutical interventions, while most experts wanted risk-based testing and quarantine policy for incoming travellers (51%) and both digital and paper format CVCs (64%). Support for CVCs for international travel remains high in Asia. Recognising key enablers and barriers for effective use of CVCs from COVID-19 pandemic may help policymakers draft effective border policies for future epidemics.

Keywords

COVID-19; Cross-border travel; Immunity certificate; Regional collaboration; Vaccination certificate; Vaccination passport; Asia

Subject

SOCIAL SCIENCES, Other

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