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On July 23, New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs announced the restrictions would end on July 30, regardless of the vaccination rate. Since then, the pace of vaccinations has slowed. Higgs recently acknowledged that abandoning the threshold might have taken away an incentive for people to get their shots.

Dr. Simon Bacon says that implementing COVID-19 vaccine passports would do little to boost New Brunswick’s vaccination rates, but they could help protect unvaccinated people from contracting the virus. Dr. Bacon studies how people respond to public health policy and says it’s unlikely that vaccine passports would persuade people who are still unvaccinated to get their shots.

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