People associate "passport" with "government" and so the use of "vaccine passports" invokes the idea of govt control. That is not really what is happening.
Private organizations - and consumers - are generating a demand for a mechanism to reduce frictions while ensuring safety.
It is legal for private organizations to place conditions on access to their products, and the federal government has been very clear it is not the one mandating any sort of mandatory passport.…
But collectively we would be better off if each company did not have its own vaccine app. So, there is a demand for federal regulation to address reliability, integrity and privacy questions.…
Private companies can choose not to have vaccine passports. If there is a strong demand for an airline that does not require vaccine information from passengers, its in the interest for some carriers to meet that demand.
Consumer choice! Competition! Magic of the marketplace!
The politicians who say they oppose vaccine passport are saying they oppose private organizations and consumers from choosing conditions of service. This does not seem a very conservative position.
The libertarian objection is laid out by Amash below: there will be a centralized database of who got vaccines! But states & CDC already collect vaccine information. And it seems better to have the use of your vaccine information by private companies to be regulated.
Blocking private organizations from requesting vaccine data is not costless. We are still living in a pandemic. It just means that vaccinated people will be forced to take COVID tests, or that private companies downweight legitimate safety concerns.
Never a bid idea to consider how private organizations use their authority, but its misleading to suggest "vaccine passports" represent the state forcing people to do anything. This is largely about how private orgs serve & prioritize consumers & whether this is regulated.

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