This story is on the top of WaPo and also the much more widely read Yahoo! News. It is an announcement that you’re going to be pressed on your vaccine status, in the form of a guide on how to show your vaccine status.
Most of the ways to show are digital, which is what the vaxx pass will be when it is introduced in the United States later this year.
They are easing people into accepting this new reality.
Congratulations, you’ve been vaccinated against the coronavirus. Now you have to prove it, and your smartphone can help.
Across the world, fears about the contagious delta variant are leading more businesses, schools and travel destinations to require vaccination. Like it or not, there’s a real chance that somewhere you want to go will ask to see proof of your shots.
It doesn’t matter if you like it.
This is a democracy, which means you have to shut up and obey.
Let’s say you are planning to visit Hawaii – you’ll need to be vaccinated or show a negative coronavirus test if you want to avoid quarantine. You’ll need proof to work in the federal government, at tech firms such as Google, Facebook and Uber, and a growing list of other companies. And in New York and San Francisco, you’ll need it to go inside a bar, get a seat at some restaurants, or take in a show on Broadway.
So, how do you do that without carrying your white card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention everywhere you go?
There is a growing number of ways to store your vaccination record on your smartphone, though unfortunately no be-all-end-all app or system. We’re here to make sense of how different options approach your privacy, ensure security and try to spot counterfeits.
It’s unfortunate there’s no be-all-end-all app.
It will be very fortunate when there finally is one such app.
Just know this technology is still evolving, and places are making up their own rules about what they’ll accept as proof as they go along. So you still might want to carry that physical card with you when you’re headed somewhere super important.
Whether businesses or governments should ask you to prove your vaccination status is a deeply personal – and political – topic. Apps known as “vaccine passports” helped fuel a long-running debate over personal freedom vs. public health, and some places banned them before they were even developed. The first state-sponsored app, New York’s Excelsior Pass, failed to pick up wide traction this spring after infection rates dropped among other concerns.
The term vaccine passport may be out of fashion, but you still might have more digital options than you realize. Now states including California, Louisiana and New York offer portals to download fully authenticated vaccination information, and more are on the way. And millions across the United States have access to digital records from Walmart, CVS and Walgreens.
Why bother going digital? One concern is that as mandates increase, so might fraudulent paper records. A bouncer can scan an app a lot quicker than validate paper cards. An app is harder to lose than one super-valuable piece of paper that could slip out of your pocket. And digital records can also protect your privacy by passing along only the required information – thumbs up or down – instead of all the personal details on those CDC cards.
But there are downsides to digital, too. Many of the apps we’ve seen are made by companies for whom creating secure health passes isn’t a sole focus. Some might try to get you to pay after you start using the app. Apps that are poorly or unscrupulously written could be used to violate your privacy. (We’ve grilled each of the services we name in this guide.)
The most secure digital systems can also be complicated, raising big concerns about access. For an upcoming trip to Hawaii, the all-digital vaccine proof process required us to navigate two different websites and a third app.
Yes, some apps charge money, but others are too confusing for black people to use.
If only there was some perfect official app…
The article then goes though and reviews all of the different apps.
You see how this works?
There is no “do you agree with this?” – they tell you in the beginning it doesn’t matter if you agree, then explain that your real choice is which app you will choose.
They also say “it’s not a vaccine passport, but actually, it is a vaccine passport.”
This is all scientific mind manipulation.
Of course, people who are already vaxxed might not like the idea of having to prove it – but they won’t fight that. They already submitted to the system when they agreed to get the vaxx in the first place.
Americans are so stupid, not seeing this train headed right for them. New York is already effectively implementing a vaxx pass, the second most influential newspaper is telling you to get ready for it now, and yet there still aren’t any protests in America.