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Politics Idaho Becomes 3rd State to Ban COVID-19 'Vaccine Passports', Iowa Could Be Next

08:15  08 april  2021
08:15  08 april  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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Amid a national row over the passports , Idaho is the third state to ban them. “ Vaccine passports restrict the free flow of commerce during a time when life and economy are returning to normal,” Little said on Wednesday before signing the order, which bans all government entities in Idaho from requiring proof of vaccination to receive services or enter facilities. The state recorded 182,000 cases of Covid - 19 , along with 1,900 deaths, the tenth-lightest death toll out of all 50 states . Most schools and services in Idaho remained open throughout the pandemic.

image caption" Covid - 19 Student Ambassadors" getting the jab in Detroit on Tuesday. The White House has ruled out introducing mandatory federal Covid - 19 vaccination passports , saying citizens' privacy and rights should be protected. Schemes to introduce such passports have been touted around the world as a way to enable safe circulation of people while fighting the pandemic. But critics say such documents could be discriminatory. The US said it did not and would not support a "system that requires Americans to carry a credential". The country has reported more than 550,000 deaths linked

Republican Idaho Governor Brad Little banned "vaccine passports" for COVID-19 on Wednesday, while Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, also a Republican, signaled that her state could soon follow suit.

a plastic water bottle on a table: A syringe and a vial reading © JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty A syringe and a vial reading "Vaccine COVID-19" sit next to a passport in this photo taken in Paris, France on March 3, 2021.

Little was third GOP governor to ban the so-called passports at the state level. Last Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis became the first to block the passports, with Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordering a ban on Monday. President Joe Biden has made it clear that the federal government has no plans to issue or endorse vaccine passports, although some states and private industries have moved towards adopting them.

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A vaccination pass or passport is documentation proving that you have been vaccinated against Covid - 19 . Some versions will also allow people to show that they have tested negative for the virus, and therefore can more easily travel. The European Union’s law enforcement agency said this week that sales of fake negative test results are becoming more widespread, another reason the industry is trying to develop digital passes that are secure. What are the objections to vaccine passports ? In a world where more than a billion people aren’t able to prove their identity because they lack passports

What could possibly go wrong? Since the first positive results on vaccines have come out, a lot of people have asked me if I think everyone should take them? For some reason, a number of people out there trust my judgement on such things. I noticed that the Daily Mail recently ran a poll, which showed that three quarters of The first thing I want to say here is that the type of vaccine being developed against Covid - 19 has never been used before, outside of Ebola. Some people feel that they should not really be called vaccines , because they are completely different from anything that has gone before.

"Idahoans should be given the choice to receive the vaccine," Little said in a statement. "We should not violate Idahoans' personal freedoms by requiring them to receive it. Vaccine passports create different classes of citizens."

"Vaccine passports restrict the free flow of commerce during a time when life and the economy are returning to normal," he added. "Vaccine passports threaten individual freedom and patient privacy."

Reynolds indicated that she could become the fourth Republican governor to issue an executive order banning the passports during a news conference on Wednesday. Utah Governor Spencer Cox signed a bill that bans the state government from using the passports last month, although it does not apply to private businesses, unlike the orders from DeSantis, Abbott and Little.

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First came Vaccine Nationalism now we have Vaccine Apartheid," while sharing the Kenyan Foreign Ministry's press statement on the UK travel ban on Twitter. Kenya, a Commonwealth nation, has requested that the UK -- a country with which it has a long-standing strategic relationship -- share its vaccines , with the Foreign Ministry statement noting: "Kenya is aware that the United Kingdom has [ vaccines ] in bigger quantities than it currently has use for." The UK -- with a population of around 66 million people -- has more than 400 million doses of Covid - 19 vaccines from eight candidates on order.

LIVE: BBC One coverage of Covid - 19 briefing. More significant changes are set to be phased in from 26 April, including a lifting of the travel ban within Scotland. Mr Ross says that is why he believes we can be more optimistic - and bring forward the lifting of some restrictions from May to the end of this At the start of the pandemic Hannah swapped going to college to become a cleaner in a care home.

"While I believe in the efficacy of the vaccine enough to get it myself, and encourage Iowans to do the same, I also respect that it is a personal choice," Reynolds said. "I strongly oppose vaccine passports and I believe that we must take a stand as a state against them, which I intend to do either through legislation or executive action."

Newsweek reached out to Reynolds' office for comment.

Little's executive order states that "New York is promoting a software program that will facilitate the exclusion of Americans who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine from receiving services and fully participating in public life."

However, New York's program, the voluntary Excelsior Pass, does not strictly require vaccination. Instead, it facilitates proof that users are either fully vaccinated or have recently tested negative for COVID-19 in order to gain access to a limited number of large venues.

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Greg Abbott becomes second to ban Biden's vaccine passports because residents 'shouldn't need proof to go about their daily lives'. Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed an executive order Tuesday prohibiting government from requiring some sort of ' vaccine passport '. 'Texans shouldn't be required to show proof of vaccination & reveal private health information just to go about their daily 'Requiring so-called COVID - 19 vaccine passports for taking part in everyday life — such as attending a sporting event, patronizing a restaurant, or going to a movie theater — would create two classes,' he added.

Now that coronavirus vaccines are starting to roll out in the US and abroad, many people may be dreaming of the day when they can travel, shop and go to the movies again. But in order to do those activities, you may eventually need something in addition to the vaccine : a vaccine passport application. Several companies and technology groups have begun developing smartphone apps or systems for individuals to upload details of their Covid - 19 tests and vaccinations , creating digital credentials that could be shown in order to enter concert venues, stadiums, movie theaters, offices

While Republicans are pushing back on the concept of requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination, they appear to be taking a different attitude towards requiring proof of testing negative for the virus. On Tuesday, news broke that the Republican National Committee is requiring negative test results from wealthy donors hoping to attend a spring retreat featuring former President Donald Trump in Florida this weekend.

Vaccine passports are not a new concept, despite their recent emergence as a partisan battleground. At least 17 countries currently require proof of vaccination against yellow fever to cross their borders. International applicants for U.S. immigrant visas must provide documentation of vaccination against 14 diseases, a requirement that began long before the pandemic.

Proof of vaccination has been required for international travel, often using the World Health Organization's "yellow card," in some areas since the 1930s. With limited exemptions, U.S. public schools also typically require children to be vaccinated against diseases like polio and measles, while mandatory vaccines against pathogens like anthrax have been required for military service members.

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Vaccine passport efforts draw opposition from GOP lawmakers .
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Vaccine passports being developed to verify COVID-19 immunization status and allow inoculated people to more freely travel, shop and dine have become the latest flash point in America’s perpetual political wars, with Republicans portraying them as a heavy-handed intrusion into personal freedom and private health choices. They currently exist in only one state — a limited government partnership in New York with a private company — but that hasn’t stopped GOP lawmakers in a handful of states from rushing out legislative proposals to ban their use.

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