There will be no vaccine verification system in Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker said, even as other states mull so-called “vaccine passports” to expedite reopening.
“I think having a conversation about creating a barrier before people have even had an opportunity to be eligible to be vaccinated — let’s focus on getting people vaccinated,” Baker said Wednesday, replying only “no” to reporters’ questions about a state vaccine passport system.
The Republican governor’s stance came the day after two lawmakers sent a letter urging Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito to develop a “robust framework” for vaccine verification as other states move forward with plans.
“Vaccine passes will allow us to live with the virus without having to impose costly lockdowns. People will feel more comfortable getting on airplanes or going to sports arenas if they know others there have been vaccinated … we can re-open our economy more fully without compromising public health,” Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover, and Rep. Linda Dean Campbell, D-Methuen, wrote in the Tuesday letter. “We need to confront this issue now. We need standards now.” (Read more from “Another Governor Says ‘No’ To Vaccine Passports” HERE)
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