Across the United States, the use of so-called COVID-19 “vaccine passports” is quickly becoming a divisive issue-several states, including New York, have embraced the idea, while other states have begun to ban them.
Last month, New York became the first state in the United States to officially issue digital vaccine passports for residents of the Empire State to verify whether they have been immunized against the coronavirus.
The state’s program is called the “Excelsior Pass,” which allows New Yorkers to prove their vaccination status or recent negative COVID-19 test in order to qualify for events and business activities.
Madison Square Garden in Manhattan and the Times Union Center in Albany have already started using the app. Governor Andrew Cuomo̵
Hawaii Governor David Ige told reporters on Monday that his state is testing the technology needed for vaccine passports, but still needs to do more.
“[Vaccination passports] The Honolulu Star Advertising Company said that the Democratic Party will have to wait at least four weeks.
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker also said that he supports passports, but added that passports should not be required to enter events or venues.
According to Patch.com: “As long as you choose,” Pritzker told reporters. “If people ask you to prove that they are in a particular place or private place, they have the ability and the right to do so. You don’t have to show them. You don’t have to go to that place or participate in that activity.”
At the same time, leaders of many states, including Florida, Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri and Nebraska, have expressed strong opposition to the use of any vaccine passports within their borders.
On Tuesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order prohibiting state agencies or organizations receiving state funding from requesting passports for the COVID-19 vaccine.
“The government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and disclose personal health information, just for their daily lives. That’s why I issued an executive order banning vaccine passports required by the Texas government,” Abbott said in a statement. “We will continue to vaccinate more Texans and protect public health-we will do this without trampling on the personal freedom of Texans.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a similar executive order last week.
DeSantis said: “The requirement imposed on you by the government or the private sector is that you have to produce a vaccine certificate to be able to simply join the normal society. This is completely unacceptable.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (Brian Kemp) said he opposed Tuesday’s “national regulations” vaccine passport.
“I will not and will not support any kind of national vaccine passport. Although the development of multiple safe and highly effective COVID-19 vaccines has always been a scientific miracle, it is up to everyone to decide whether to receive the vaccine.” Kemp on Twitter Say.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee also expressed his disapproval of vaccine passports on Tuesday.
“I am opposed to vaccine passports. Li said: “The COVID-19 vaccine should be a personal health choice, not a government requirement.
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts said in a tweet late last month that Conhusk State “will not participate in any vaccine passport program.”
Ricketts pointed out: “This concept violates two central principles of the American system: freedom of movement and privacy of healthcare.”
The Biden administration has stated that it is working to develop a set of standards for many private companies that manufacture their own passport versions, but will not or need their own federal version.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at a briefing on Tuesday: “The government does not exist now, and we will not support a system that requires Americans to carry certificates.”
“There will be no federal vaccination database, and there will be no federal regulations requiring everyone to obtain a vaccination certificate.”