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There's a lot of debate about vaccine passports right now. What are they, and how would they work?

April 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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With millions of Americans being vaccinated against Covid-19 every day, a heated debate is underway -- do these people need proof of immunization in the form of a vaccine passport?

(CNN)With millions of Americans being vaccinated against Covid-19 every day, a heated debate is underway -- do these people need proof of immunization in the form of a vaccine passport?

What exactly is a vaccine passport?

A vaccine passport is just proof that a person has been immunized against Covid-19.

New York was the first state to issue a digital vaccine passport using IBM's Excelsior Pass app that displays a personalized QR code verifying vaccine status.

The governors of Florida and Texas have signed executive orders banning vaccine passports.

"Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives," Abbott said in a video posted on Twitter.

Who issues vaccine passports?

There's a lot of talk and debate about the passports, but hardly anyone is issuing them yet -- though they are available in New York to vaccinated residents.

While the Biden administration has been trying to find a way toward a standard for vaccine certification, the federal government will not issue a vaccine passport, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday.

Like it or not, people who want to travel abroad may soon be required to have a vaccine passport to enter certain countries, or it may help them avoid quarantine once they arrive.

Israel has already instituted a vaccine passport, which allows holders to go to restaurants and gyms.

Pros and cons of a vaccine passport

The pros and cons of requiring a vaccine passport were encapsulated by business owners and managers in Florida, where the passports have been banned.

Rocco Mangel, who owns Rocco's Tacos and Tequila Bar in Delray Beach, said he has been vaccinated and would like others to be as well, but requiring his customers to have proof of vaccination to come into the restaurant "infringes on their rights," he told CNN.

Critics of vaccination certificates cite privacy issues, Lisi said, but "don't people have a right to be safe?

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