Atlantic Beach, N.C.

July 20, 2021

TO THE EDITOR:

As more and more citizens become vaccinated from Covid-19, issues concerning “vaccine passports” have become a controversial topic.

To date, there is no concrete evidence that vaccinated folks stop the transmission of the virus, and vaccines are still under emergency use only. The question is: Do we want the government telling us what we can and can’t do with or without a passport?

Fourteen states, all with Republican governors, have banned any form of vaccine certificates. NC Governor Cooper said his administration is exploring the development of a vaccine passport for residents. For now, only a couple of states have implemented any form of non-mandatory vaccine passports.

Passports are just another opportunity for Big Brother to collect personal data and infringe on individual liberty. And what about folks that refuse vaccination due to other medical issues or religious objections? Doesn’t our constitution protect these folks?

According to Politico, vaccine passports are already being developed and tested around the world. A travel program called “Clear” helps airline passengers get through airport security quickly, and they have already created a "Health Pass" app.

The Biden administration has started to engage with technology firms on how such credentialing might work, including whether pharmacies might provide the required data, not denying the seriousness of the pandemic, but what is going on now is all about government control of the population.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has said using digital vaccine passports that are smartphone-based for people to access public places would result in a two-tiered system that keeps people without access to cellphones out of work, stores, schools, etc.

Passports could be another form of discrimination against the poor. I’m sure the black market would like the passport idea and probably are already working on some type of fraud certificate.

Many have suggested that the lure of a vaccine passport could result in more people stepping forward to get vaccinated and get us closer to herd immunity. According to a Gallup Panel Web Survey, 57 percent of adults favor mandated vaccination certification for travel by airplane and attending events with large crowds, such as concerts or sporting events.

I guess I don’t really have a problem with vaccine passports. I figure what the government doesn’t already know about me; Google can fill in the blanks.

MIKE PFAFF

(10) comments

David Collins

Big government folks love the idea of vaccine passports others do not . That will never change besides , where will it stop ? Will it just be for The Covid or any and all other vaccines as well . This could well be yet another gift that keeps on giving thing .

Some type of digital passport is a terrible idea because anything can be hacked or created in our fledgling digital world .

Proof of vaccination cards are already available and for sale on-line . Have been available for quite a while now . The fraudsters are way ahead of you . Always are when there is money to be made .

Dak

"To date, there is no concrete evidence that vaccinated folks stop the transmission of the virus"

That is 100% completely false.

https://khub.net/documents/135939561/390853656/Impact+of+vaccination+on+household+transmission+of+SARS-COV-2+in+England.pdf/35bf4bb1-6ade-d3eb-a39e-9c9b25a8122a?t=1619601878136

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-021-01316-7

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3790399

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3777268

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7013e3.htm?s_cid=mm7013e3_w

mpjeep

it's still possible to get infected, the vaccines dramatically reduce the risk of serious illness that leads to hospitalization or death.

mpjeep

FROM the CDC (Center for Democratic Control)

A growing body of evidence indicates that people fully vaccinated with an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) are less likely to have asymptomatic infection or to transmit SARS-CoV-2 to others. Operative words here are “less likely”.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/science-briefs/fully-vaccinated-people.html

[smile]

noitall

"To date, there is no concrete evidence that vaccinated folks stop the transmission of the virus" Absolutely and completely false. And I suppose Dak thinks a passport will stop the virus in in's tracks???!!!

Dak

You can check again, but I didn't say anything about vaccine passports. Some piece of paper certainly isn't going to stop the virus as well as people putting vaccine shots in their arms.

David Collins

They do not stop the transmission , would have to sterilize the body and that will kill you grave and dead . Just provides a bit of protection so if exposed you get a mild case as opposed to a full blown case . At least that is the plan . Nothing is 100% other than death and taxes some wise man once said , supposedly .

Big Fat Drunk Republican

Big Brother is gonna get your info folks. He’s probably gonna get your home address and ask you if you want to be an organ donor.

If your lucky, you could sign up to vote while getting this license, I mean passport, maybe you get your voter ID at the same time you get your Covid passport.

As of today, 98% of new Covid infections are unvaccinated.

What are you folks gonna do when it’s private biz not letting you in the door without your Covid passport? Might as well just blame Hillary or maybe Hunter.

mpjeep

Straw Man Fauci said in a CNN interview that the concept of a federal coronavirus passport would be discriminatory and would not be mandated by the federal government.

I'm not sure if he is in charge of that type of decision.

David Collins

Yup , big liberalism/ progressive will do that and more . Have a nice day ?

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