Vaccine passports could be the next big fight brewing

People are already taking sides in discussions over whether and how to enforce vaccination status in public accommodations.

With more people being vaccinated against the coronavirus every day, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention loosening restrictions on people who have been vaccinated, a new problem is emerging: How to verify a person’s vaccine status.

One of the long-discussed solutions is a vaccine passport of some sort – whether it’s physical or electronic. That is anathema to some conservatives and battle lines are already being drawn.

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Both State House Speaker Jason Wentworth, R-Farwell, and State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, have stated opposition to any efforts to institute a vaccine passport.

“There is no reason to try and divide people into camps and ostracize others, especially when many people who want the vaccine are still waiting,” said Wentworth.

For her part, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has avoided addressing the topic of vaccine passports. But measures are being considered in other parts of government. Some public universities in Michigan are discussing whether to require students to be vaccinated before the fall.

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