Dr. Anthony Fauci told the Politico Dispatch Monday that the federal government will not require vaccine passports for travelers post-pandemic.
“I doubt that the federal government will be the main mover of a vaccine passport concept,” Fauci told the podcast.
“They may be involved in making sure things are done fairly and equitably, but I doubt if the federal government is going to be the leading element of that.”
And therein lies the rub. Just because the government doesn’t intend to mandate vaccine passports via federal law doesn’t mean such requirements can’t be imposed on the local level. Further, Fauci’s comments leave the door open for the government to place intense and relentless pressure on private businesses to require proof of vaccination on their own.
It’s a notion that Fauci addressed in his appearance, telling Politico Dispatch: “I’m not saying that [the government] 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,’ but it’s not going to be mandated from the federal government.”
Government mandates requiring proof of vaccination prior to boarding a commercial airliner or entering a domestic business have become a point of political contention of late and fueled outrage from Americans who consider such measures a violation of their Fourth Amendment Right to Privacy.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) took proactive measures that ban the use of vaccine passports in his state on Friday.
The E.U. unveiled its proposal for vaccine passports in March, which would allow citizens who can certify that they have been vaccinated or recently tested negative for COVID-19 to cross borders without quarantine requirements.
The state of Indiana’s soon-to-expire mask mandate is a ready-made test case of how a requirement to present your vaccine passport upon demand could play out on a national level, according to WIBC’s Rob Kendall and Jason Hammer.
Governor Eric Holcomb announced in March that his statewide mask mandate will expire on April 6, but local health officials have been weighing the decision whether to continue requiring masks at the county level.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced the city will not lift its mask mandate nor remove capacity restrictions until health officials in Marion County call for an end to the public health order imposed during the coronavirus pandemic.
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