Is DeSantis 'out of touch' with business on vaccine passport ban?

A top legal expert at the World Health Organization pulled no punches this week when he called out Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for an April 2 executive order prohibiting vaccine passports. 

So-called vaccine passports are identification cards proving one has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In addition to preventing businesses from using them as a tool to help protect the health of workers and customers, Gostin said, the governor’s executive order is “very likely unlawful."

That said, one GOP strategist said the governor is not alone in his opposition to vaccine passports. In fact, it is representative of the views of many of his supporters, said Ford O’Connell. 

“What DeSantis sees here is what many conservatives do — that COVID vaccine passports are an all-out assault on freedom and the Constitution,” O’Connell said. “They are concerned that vaccine passports are about keeping tabs on your data and medical history, and they see this as the largest expansion of  surveillance since the Patriot Act.”

While a proof of vaccination card displays a person’s name, birthdate and COVID vaccination information, vaccine passports are digitally coded cards that utilize a scannable symbol. O’Connell said contained within that scan might be personal information besides COVID vaccination records, and that is what worries some people. 

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published this page in In The News 2021-04-12 12:08:36 -0400
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