<p>The vaccine rollout is gathering speed</p>

The vaccine rollout is gathering speed

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With Covid-19 vaccination rollout picking up steam across the US, vaccine passports are being explored within certain states.

But not every state is on board with the idea, arguing vaccine passports impose risks on health privacy protections.

The Biden administration has ruled out a federal scheme, however it’s up to states whether they wish to implement their own.

For those that do, expect legal challenges.

Below is a list of each state that has, so far, expressed opposition or favor towards the technology.

  • Florida - An executive order was signed by Florida governor Ron DeSantis, prohibiting the use of COVID-19 vaccine passports in the state on April 2.
  • Georgia - In a tweet on April 6, governor Brian Kemp commented on his disregard for the technology, writing: “While the development of multiple safe, highly effective Covid-19 vaccines has been a scientific miracle, the decision to receive the vaccine should be left up to each individual.”
  • Hawaii - The state is currently testing the technology needed to support a vaccine passport. It won’t be ready until another week or so.
  • Illinois - While governor JB Pritzker thinks the technology would be useful, he doesn’t agree it should be mandatory to enter any event or facilities, and said there’s potential to offer it as a personal choice.
  • Iowa - On April 7, the state pledged it will oppose vaccine passports legislatively or on an executive level.
  • Louisiana - The state has not made a final decision in its stance on the technology.
  • Nebraska - On March 31, governor Pete Ricketts announced the state will not participate in any vaccine passport initiatives.
  • New York - In March, the state became the first state to launch a Covid-19 vaccine passport, dubbed Excelsior Pass.
  • Tennessee - Gov. Bill Lee vocalized his opposition of the tech on Twitter, writing “Covid-19 vaccine should be a personal health choice, not a government requirement.”
  • Texas - On April 5 the state issued a ban on Covid-19 passports.
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