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Do you support or oppose vaccine passports?
Should businesses require vaccine passports?
By Lorelei Yang and Josh Herman, Countable News
What's the story?
- Vaccine passports may become 2021's must-have item—or never-want item. These passes would allow individuals to share COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test status.
- New York State has already launched the United States' first COVID-19 passport, a free digital pass known as the "Excelsior Pass."
- Like a mobile airline boarding pass, the Excelsior Pass has an app or a printable version.
Where would I use the Excelsior Pass?
- Madison Square Garden in New York City
- Times Union Center in Albany
- Various smaller arts, entertainment, and event venues
Is it secure?
- According to New York State, yes.
- In a press release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D) office said:
"Secure technologies, like blockchain and encryption, are woven throughout Excelsior Pass to help protect the data, making it verifiable and trusted. No private health data is stored or tracked within the apps. Excelsior Pass can be used to voluntarily show a QR code as proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test result via a digital smartphone wallet or printed credential without sharing underlying personal health details. Multiple security systems are in place to ensure the integrity of personal health information."
Critics of COVID passports
- The American Civil Liberties Union is largely opposed to vaccine passports.
- Among its concerns: the prospect that a vaccine passport could lead to over-use of proof of vaccination "at every turn," creating "a checkpoint society that outlasts the danger of COVID and that casually excludes people without credentials from facilities where vaccine mandates are not highly justified."
- A number of GOP-controlled states have also instituted bans on COVID-19 passports, including Texas and Florida.
- “We are not supporting doing any vaccine passports in the state of Florida,” said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).
“It’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society.”
- The White House has ruled out creating a national “vaccine passport” for Americans to verify their immunization status.
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