The use of the so-called “vaccine passport” of COVID-19 is quickly becoming a divisive issue in the United States, with states including New York accepting the idea while other states have moved to ban them.
Last month, New York became the first state in the country to launch an official digital vaccine passport for Empire State residents to verify they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
A state program known as the “Excelsior Pass” allows New Yorkers to prove their recent negative COVID-19 vaccination or test status in order to gain access to events and businesses.
Madison Square Garden in Manhattan and Times Union Center in Albany have started using the app, said Gov. Andrew Cuomo̵7;s office.
Hawaiian government David Ige told reporters on Monday that his state was testing technology needed for vaccine passports. But there is still a lot of work to do.
“[Vaccination passports] It won’t happen for at least four weeks, ”said the Democrats, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Illinois J.B. Pritzker also said he supported the passport. But added that they shouldn’t be attending any event or venue.
“As long as you can choose,” Pritzker told reporters, according to Patch.com, “if someone asks you to show that for a particular place or private place, they have the ability and right to do so. You don’t have to show them. You don’t have to go to that location or take part in that activity. ”
Meanwhile, leaders in several states, including Florida, Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri and Nebraska have expressed fierce opposition to the use of vaccine passports within their borders.
On Tuesday, Texas-based Greg Abbott issued an executive order banning government agencies or state-funded organizations from requiring COVID-19 vaccine passports.
“The government should not require any Texas to provide evidence of vaccination and disclose personal health information for their daily life. That’s why I issued an executive order banning government-mandated vaccine passports in Texas, ”Abbott said in a statement. People – and we will do so without trample down the personal freedom of the Code. ”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a similar executive order last week.
“It is completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to require you to provide evidence of vaccination so that it can be involved in normal society,” DeSantis said.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said he disagreed with the vaccine passport that “Mandatory from the state” on Tuesday.
“I do not accept and will not support any state-mandated vaccine passports. While developing a safe and highly effective vaccine against COVID-19 is a scientific wonder, the decision to receive a vaccine should be individual.” Mp said on Twitter.
The Tennessee government Billie also expressed his disapproval of the vaccine passport on Tuesday.
“I am against a vaccine passport. The COVID-19 vaccine should be a personal health option, not a government requirement,” Lee tweeted.
Nebraska Government Pete Ricketts said in a tweet late last month that Cornhusker State “will not participate in any vaccine passport program”.
“This concept violates two key principles of the American system: freedom of movement and healthcare privacy,” Ricketts said.
Biden’s management said it was working to create a set of standards for a number of private companies creating their own passports. But it will not create or require its own federal version.
“The government is not at the moment and we will not support a system that requires Americans to have credentials,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at a briefing on Tuesday.
“There will be no federal immunization database and no federal mandate requiring everyone to receive one vaccination certificate.”