“There will be no centralized, universal federal vaccine database, and no federal mandate that requires everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said this week. Instead, Joe Biden’s government leaves the ball in the hands of the states and the private sector.
But several Republicans have already spoken out against it, arguing that it could represent a form of government tyranny. Some antiscientific reluctance very similar to those previously exposed with social distance or masks, the containment measures recommended by leading health experts from around the world and which many conservatives continue to oppose.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said this week that he will ban the use of these passports in his state. “It is completely unacceptable for the government or the private sector to require you to show proof of vaccine in order to simply be able to participate in normal society,” he said.
Rep. Pete Sessions, Republican of Texas, said that getting vaccinated is a personal decision and that attempts to limit the freedoms to travel or do business represent “creeping authoritarianism.” Other more radical Republicans like Marjorie Taylor Greene or Madison Cawthorun of California have come to refer to Nazi totalitarianism.
As with masks or social distance, the vaccine and the passport can also be politicized.
The White House has tried to explain its idea, which includes certain conditions: the document must be private; the information must be protected; free access; It must be available on paper and in digital version; in multiple languages and must be open source, said Andy Slavitt, a White House adviser.
Here we clarify some doubts and expose ethical dilemmas about this vaccination passport: