On Friday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order prohibiting the “use of so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports.”
DeSantis announced through social media that, “the Legislature is working on making permanent these protections for Floridians and I look forward to signing them into law soon.”
COVID-19 vaccine passports, as they have been called, would make it possible to enter an airport or a sports stadium, or a restaurant, or an entertainment event, as an example, then show proof of vaccination making it possible to enter since the “passport” would confirm you no longer pose a risk to others.
“Passport” is kind of a misnomer. “Digital certification of vaccination status,” or something like that, is probably more applicable,” says Josh Michaud, associate director for global health policy at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, as shown on the Wired.com website.
Opponents of the “COVID-19 passports” say that there are numerous privacy issues connected to this idea, including where the data is held, how these “passports” might violate personal health privacy and many more.
However proof of COVID-19 vaccination becomes more of a reality, there is certain to be much discussion between those who support the idea, and those who oppose it – including in Florida.