In a surprising statement, the White House said it expected the private sector to take the lead on verification of COVID-19 vaccines, or COVID passport, on the federal level and would not issue an executive order requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential.
The statement came on the heels of Governor Andrew Cuomo expanding an executive order which will require all vaccinated New Yorkers to carry a “Covid passport” available to all entertainment or event businesses statewide.
The Biden administration was reviewing the issue and would make recommendations, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday, but she added, “We believe it will be driven by the private sector.”
Japan is gearing up to issue digital health certificates to citizens who have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, joining China, the European Union and others that have adopted similar measures aimed at opening up overseas travel, the Nikkei reported on Saturday.
Israel already has their “green passport” system in place allowing vaccinated citizens to move about the country and businesses.
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Psaki said the White House was leading an inter-agency process looking at these issues, and would provide guidance in line with several key principles:
“There are a couple key principles that we are working from. One is that there will be no centralized universal federal vaccinations database, and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential,” she said.
“Secondly, we want to encourage an open marketplace with a variety of private sector companies and nonprofit coalitions developing solutions. And third, we want to drive the market toward meeting public interest goals.”
Of course there was no mention of the constitutionality of requiring private citizens to carry a vaccine passport for entry into private businesses. It would be the same as a federal mask mandate which can only apply to federal property.
Psaki said the Biden Administration would work to ensure that all vaccination credential systems met key standards such as universal accessibility, affordability and availability, both digitally and on paper.
She gave no indication when the process would be completed.
Sounds like they still have their mitts in the middle of it all whether there is a federal mandate or not. It is clear that this administration continues its march to eliminating our freedoms and destroying our economy one step at a time. Welcome to big brother, socialist America. “Do you have your papers?”
ARTICLE SOURCE : thefederalistpapers.org