Interesting topic of debate. Vaccine passports can be viewed in two ways.
One, if we want to get the country running again it would be helpful for those that are vaccinated to be able to get onto planes and into facilities like sports stadiums knowing everyone there has also been vaccinated. We could see full stadiums and concerts again, and planes filled with people traveling all over. Cruise ships could book full again. All one would need is proof of vaccination and you would be good to go. In other words, a vaccine passport.
There certainly has been precedent here, folks routinely have to get vaccinated to travel overseas and carry proof of that. This would not be that much different.
But the argument against it is that if you don’t want to be vaccinated, you shouldn’t be punished for it by being excluded from society. This is the stance many on the GOP seem to be making at the present.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) slammed the Biden administration for “one of the most un American ideas in our nation’s history,” even though the administration has yet to provide any guidance on the matter.
And in fact, the Biden administration hasn’t weighed in on the matter, instead stating the private sector should determine whether one is needed.
“This is going to hit all — all parts of society. And so, naturally, the government is involved,” said Andy Slavitt, a White House senior adviser on COVID-19. “But unlike other parts of the world, the government here is not viewing its role as the place to create a passport, nor a place to hold the data of citizens.”
“We view this as something that the private sector is doing and will do,” he added.
So what do you think? Should vaccine passports be a thing?