When we asked readers how they feel about carrying a digital passport to COVID-19 vaccination, we received more than 1,000 responses via survey and social media. What we learned: readers are divided on the issue.
Passport programs are in development and being rolled out nationwide and worldwide. The White House said in March that it will not create a central vaccination database or mandate vaccine passports and Gov. Charlie Baker said he’s focused on vaccinating people right now and doesn’t want to talk about vaccine passports. In New York, an app called “Excelsior Pass” displays proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test and has been used at restaurants, weddings, and venues such as Madison Square Garden and Yankee Stadium, according to The New York Times.
While about half, 53 percent, said they welcome vaccine passports for peace of mind when traveling and attending crowded events, 44 percent of our survey respondents said they are against using a vaccine passport because it infringes on their rights. The remaining three percent said ‘it depends.’
“It’s unbelievable that people don’t see the dangerous precedent this would set,” wrote B from Watertown…