Fauci dismisses concerns that federal government would implement vaccine passports

As vaccines become almost universally available to American adults, new political debates have erupted regarding the use of so-called vaccine passports to allow citizens to prove that they have been inoculated against COVID-19.

For his part, however, Biden administration health adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci clarified at the federal government will not embark on a mission to require Americans to obtain such documentation. Instead, the infectious disease expert said that he expected such decisions will be left to private industries to initiate and implement.

“Done fairly and equitably”

In recent remarks on the topic, Fauci did indicate that the U.S. government “may be involved in making sure things are done fairly and equitably” but noted that he does not believe it will play any role in any vaccine passport system, should one be introduced nationwide.

“I doubt if the federal government is going to be the leading element of that,” he added.

The adviser went on to share his belief that there could come a time in the near future in which private businesses and organizations move to create a plan to verify vaccinations among employees and the general public in order to safely do business.

“I’m not saying that they should or that they would, but I’m saying you could foresee how an independent entity might say, ‘Well, we can’t be dealing with you unless we know you’re vaccinated,'” Fauci said. “But it’s not going to be mandated from the federal government.”

Critics argue that even if the federal government does not initiate such a system, vaccines could effectively become mandatory in order for people to carry out common activities.

“Completely unacceptable”

According to The Hill, Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Monday that he signed an executive order that would prevent the state’s residents from being required to take part in any type of passport program, arguing that it would amount to a violation of privacy.

“Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives,” he said, insisting that state health officials will continue vaccination efforts while protecting the freedom and privacy of the state’s residents.

In a similar move, Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said last week that he would take action to prevent companies in his state from requiring COVID-19 vaccine passports or any proof of vaccination.

He made it clear that he believes it is “completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply participate in normal society.”

Moves by these governors and other officials across the country mean it is likely that if companies or organizations decide to require vaccine passports, they will be met with a mountain of legal challenges.

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