During an interview on Wednesday, Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggested the US may institute a type of vaccine passport system.
The comments follow questions regarding if the US could follow the Europeans and create a “health pass” for entertainment venues, to which Walensky answered, “That may very well be a path forward.”
These comments follow the CDC updated mask recommendations, which require mask-wearing in areas of increasing COVID cases. This prompted a response from the Former Vice President Biden administration when it was made known the White House is considering mandating vaccines for all federal employees.
Biden went on to elaborate about his intentions of increasing vaccinations across the US saying, “In the meantime, more vaccinations and mask-wearing in the areas most impacted by the Delta variant will enable us to avoid the kind of lockdowns, shutdowns, school closures, and disruptions we faced in 2020. Unlike 2020, we have both the scientific knowledge and the tools to prevent the spread of this disease. We are not going back to that.”
The idea of implementing a heal or vaccine passport has been opposed by Republicans and civil rights groups. Many groups have said the passport is an infringement on citizen’s privacy.