Florida Governor Ron DeSantis criticized the White House initiative to create a vaccination passport and announced that he will issue emergency rules this week to prevent companies and businesses from requiring their clients to present the safe conduct promoted by the Joe Biden administration.. In addition, the Republican politician will ask the state Legislature to approve a permanent ban as soon as possible.
“It is completely unacceptable for the government or the private sector to impose a requirement to show proof of vaccine in order to simply be able to participate in society in a normal way,” DeSantis said. “If you want to go to the movies, should you show that? No. If you want to go to a game, no. If you want to go to a theme park, no… People have certain freedoms and individual liberties to make decisions for themselves, “added the governor.
The White House and several private companies in the country are working to develop a vaccination passport standard that certifies that its bearer is immunized against covid-19, an initiative that the European Union (EU) is also preparing. The US government is evaluating initiatives by at least 17 companies to create digital vaccination certificates.
DeSantis will have to move quickly for the ban to take effect since this Thursday in the NBA game of the Miami Heat against the Golden State Warriors there will be sections of seats designated only for basketball fans that are vaccinated.
The Florida governor also warned that passports can create “huge” privacy problems. because people would have to turn over medical information to large corporations.
Some people take photos of a banner with the Miami Heat emblem and a slogan that says “Wear your mask” hanging on the facade of the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida (USA). EFE / Giorgio Viera / Archive
“They want the fox to watch the chicken coop, they must be kidding,” said the Republican governor.
During the Heat game at the AmericanAirlines Arena, fans will need to present a vaccination card issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This section will be smaller and more compact, where people will be separated by only one seat.
Vaccinated people will enter the sports hall through a separate door and will not be subjected to strict covid-19 testing controls and will have to present their passport, dated at least 14 days before the game.
However, despite showing that they are immunized, people will have to wear the mask at all times during the match. In addition, the consumption of food and beverages will not be allowed.
So-called “passports” are expected to be free and available through applications for smart phones, which will be able to display a scannable QR-type code., such as those used as a digital boarding pass on many airlines.
Photograph provided by the state of New York showing the use of identification for vaccinated and negative covid-19, which has been baptized as “Excelsior Pass” and was tested for the first time during the basketball game played by the Brooklyn Nets on February 27 at the Barclays Center. EFE / New York State
The White House announced that Americans who do not have American cell phones will be able to print their certificates and take them with them.
“We want to ensure that any solution on this issue is simple, free, open source, accessible to people both digitally and on paper, and designed from the ground up to protect people’s privacy.”Said White House covid-19 response coordinator Jeffrey Zients at a news conference this month.
That mission involves overcoming many challenges, such as preventing passport forgery or hacking into the systems that contain them. In addition, the White House wants to avoid the impression that there is a government mandate that requires vaccination, something politically sensitive in the United States.
Last Monday, a coalition of the country’s main airlines and other travel associations asked in a letter to the White House to prepare by May 1 a plan to fully resume international travel to the United States.