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COVID Passports Are Everywhere

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When it comes to COVID vaccine requirements, it’s one thing for a company to require proof of vaccination. As annoying as that is, you can choose to say ” nope, I’m good, I’ll take my business elsewhere.” It’s something quite different when government is running it and especially requiring it

Switzerland to Start Implementing EU COVID-19 Passport System on June 7

Under the Federal Office of Information Technology, Systems and Telecommunication (FOITT) solution, Switzerland has announced the implementation of the COVID-19 certificate system, which will be effective immediately and running until the end of June 2021.

During the pilot phase, which is set to start on June 7, Swiss cantons will be issued gradually with the first digital certificates, reports.

Starting on June 1, seven EU countries – Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Croatia and Poland have started to implement the COVID-19 passport. Other countries are set to launch the document once all functions are operating and it is recognised widely.

The gateway will operate as a verification tool for the COVID-19 passport issued by the EU, which aims to revive travelling within the block. Since May 10, 22 countries have successfully tested the COVID-19 passport gateway.

Since it is set to provide a high level of security, Switzerland’s system will be subjected to a broad public security test. This means that besides the security analyses conducted by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the security system will also be tested by public security experts and other authorities regarding the field.

That should work out well. Another article on this EU passport system notes

The gateway, which has been set up within a period of two months, will serve as a verification tool for the EU COVID-19 certificates, through which the EU intends to restore the freedom of movement within the block.

These are the same types of political people who lose their minds over illegal aliens showing their papers, and, government requiring that one gets the shot or have had COVID and have the antibodies is the antithesis of freedom of movement

New York’s ‘Excelsior Pass’ is United States’ first COVID-19 vaccine passport

On the Upper East Side in Manhattan, a well-heeled crowd flashed it to get into a socially distanced dance performance at the Park Avenue Armory. In Chelsea, people showed it to attend a John Mulaney stand-up set at City Winery. And in Troy, New York, patrons are using it to enter an intimate, speakeasy-style bar that admits only vaccinated guests.

This magic ticket is New York state’s Excelsior Pass, which was introduced in March as the first and only government-issued vaccine passport in the country, accessible, for now, only to people who have been vaccinated in the state.

Officials are hoping that it can help New Yorkers feel confident about the safety of businesses and jump-start a statewide economy that is still reeling from losses experienced during the pandemic. But for that to happen, they will need more people and businesses to start using it and vaccine passports to become more universally accepted.

Though it is basically just a QR code on your phone that indicates your vaccine status, the pass, and vaccine passports more generally, have become a political flashpoint among conservatives who say the passports violate privacy concerns.

So, I guess only Conservatives worry about privacy concerns, as well as creating an exclusionary system which leaves those who haven’t had the vaccine out in the wilderness. As far as I can ascertain, this passport doesn’t include those who have had COVID and have the antibodies.

Britain plans to scrap their COVID passport (at least for the moment), while India plans on implementing one for international travel (which at least makes some sense, as opposed to making one for everything). The US state of Georgia has prohibited the creation and use of passports. When members of the Credentialed Media start yapping about using them being for the “public good“, be concerned.

(Tyler Morning Telegraph) Such a [COVID passport] law in a country that respects citizens’ right to set their own health care course would be a concerning shift in direction. It would represent a government intrusion into an area of personal privacy that would, at the very least, result in legal challenge. The inevitable conflict that would be stoked by such a measure would distract, ultimately, from the prize of herd immunity.

Likewise, a vaccine passport — a shorthand way of describing a requirement for proof of vaccination — comes very close to a vaccine mandate if any such “passport” were to be required by government. A passport mandate for admission or participation is akin to a vaccination mandate. As such, government should not enshrine any government mandate for a vaccine passport.

Tucker Carlson: COVID passport could be just the beginning
‘Why can’t they do the same to people with HIV or tuberculosis, or Hepatitis C?’

If you’re a middle-aged American, you can probably still dimly remember back to what things used to be like in this country, say, 13 or 14 months ago. Way back then, before the revolution, pretty much everybody agreed that segregation was the worst thing this country ever did. Forcing certain categories of citizens into separate, lesser accommodations, barring them from public places, treating them like lepers or untouchables — that was completely immoral and wrong, we were told that a lot and most of us strongly agreed. It was wrong.

So imagine our confusion today looking out across the country now. The very same people who just the other day told us that segregation was wrong are now enforcing segregation. (snip)

The New York Times informed us that unless you can prove you’ve taken the injection the Democratic Party demands you take, you are no longer permitted in bars, comedy clubs, or even some dance competitions in the state of New York. You’re too dirty to appear in public. You’re not welcome near normal people. Want to watch the NBA playoffs in person? You’d better be vaccinated.

Get the shot, you’re good. If not, you’re Evil. Right? More below the fold

It’s easy. It’s got a QR code. Just send a copy of your vaccination card. Just show your papers, and you can participate in the life of your country. In New York, the state is doing this itself, by issuing something called the “Excelsior Pass.”

The Excelsior Pass entitles you to all the rights and freedoms you imagined you were born with, but that turns out to be entirely contingent on whether you do exactly what Andrew Cuomo says to do immediately. Officials in New York have assured us the Excelsior Pass is totally safe – every bit as safe as a state-licensed nursing home – and it’s totally confidential. Your personal health information cannot be hacked by anyone — apart of course from hackers, people who actually try to hack it. Last month, a man called Albert Fox Cahn broke into the Excelsior Pass in just eleven minutes. But other than that, you’re completely fine. So more than a million people have downloaded the Excelsior pass so far. A victory for public health.

But it does make you wonder: is this the end, or is it the beginning? Whys should it end here? The coronavirus is transmissible, and it can be dangerous. But it’s hardly the only illness that fits that description, there are many. If politicians can segregate potential COVID carriers from the rest of the population, why can’t they do the same to people with HIV or tuberculosis or Hepatitis C? Before you laugh off the possibility of that happening, see if you can answer the question: why wouldn’t that it happen?

And that is the concern, that this COVID passport starts being required for all sorts of different things, and that all your private information can be hacked. That it will be required long term for lots and lots of things.


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    • Justin Case

      Not getting the shot. Not getting the passport. I have no need to patronize business that wants such proofs from me. However I WILL NOT be denied essential goods and services by anyone…

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