Friday, April 9, 2021

Your Covid-19 Vaccine Card: What You Need to Know; The States Planning on Using COVID-19 Vaccine Passports — and the Ones That Won’t, and other C-Virus Updates

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Your Covid-19 Vaccine Card: What You Need to Know:
There is no official U.S. vaccine passport as different states issue their own rules on vaccination credentials
Is there an official U.S. vaccine passport?
No. The cards themselves are a patchwork of formats. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has designed a version, which many locations use, but it isn’t required. State and local authorities and even individual sites are devising their own cards to hand out.
With no official standard, it might be hard to say what constitutes proof of vaccination. The Biden administration has said there won’t be a centralized U.S. database on inoculations or a federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential.
What are states doing? --->READ MORE HERE
NY Governor's Press Office via AP, File
The states planning on using COVID-19 vaccine passports — and the ones that won’t:
The use of so-called COVID-19 “vaccine passports” is quickly becoming a divisive issue across the US – with several states, including New York, embracing the idea, while others have already moved to ban them.
Last month, New York became the first state in the nation to formally launch a digital vaccine passport for Empire State residents to verify that they’ve been immunized against the coronavirus.
The state’s program, dubbed the “Excelsior Pass,” allows New Yorkers to prove their vaccination status, or a recent negative COVID-19 test, in order to gain entry to events and businesses.
Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden and the Times Union Center in Albany have already begun using the app. Smaller arts, entertainment and event venues are also expected to utilize the pass, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office has said.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige told reporters Monday that his state is testing the technology needed for a vaccine passport, but that there is still more work that needs to be done.
“[Vaccination passports] won’t happen for at least four weeks or so,” the Democrat said, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. --->READ MORE HERE
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