Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker had a definitive response to whether or not his state was going to have vaccine passports, according to Boston Globe.
“No, no, no. I want to vaccinate people. Let’s get people vaccinated. I think having a conversation about creating a barrier before people have even had an opportunity to be eligible to be vaccinated, let’s focus on getting people vaccinated.”
The outlet notes that New Hampshire Governor John Sununu had a similar sentiment. That it was more important for now to focus on getting people vaccinated, in general. “As soon as you get into the vaccine passport, the have and the have nots, that type of disparity, you’re going to create a lot of problems in society, frankly, who — ‘Let me see your vaccine card to get into here,’ and what not. So, I’m very hesitant about any of that.”
Two days ago Twitter Safety announced automated tools are being deployed in order to “label tweets that may contain misleading information around COVID-19 vaccinations.”
It was New York City that first revealed a semi-official sort of vaccine passport system that will allow citizens to more easily get back to a normal life. However it also sparked a reaction about how exactly this sort of thing might impact individual freedoms.
Lingo around what exactly to call “vaccine confirmation” documentation was surveyed. “Verification” being the declared winner.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order banning businesses, as well as local and state level government agencies from requiring a so-called vaccine passport. He cited grounds of privacy, freedom, and the potential for such a practice creating two classes of citizens.
Just days ago Texas Governor Greg Abbott mandated restrictions similar to Florida’s. However questions remain on how far their orders go when it comes to the matter of private businesses.
As of now roughly one-third of the United States population has received a dose of the vaccine. In what is seen as an international race against time as different countries around the world face unique challenges in this department.