Vaccine passports (or passes or certificates) are being deployed
at over 60 US stadiums and other venues this summer to get the economy
"back to normal," according to Reuters.
Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants and New York Mets
are some of the first teams demanding fans present proof of vaccination or a
recent negative test via an app called Clear to verify their COVID-19 status.
The teams will accept medical paperwork as proof, but they encourage all sports
fans to download the Clear app for convenience.
Clear already streamlines the process of traveling through
airports by securing all travel documents into an app. It allows travelers to
expedite their way through security. Now Clear is being applied outside
airports to over 60 US stadiums and other venues.
"Clear powers fast, touchless experiences that keep you
moving at airports, sports stadiums, and other venues nationwide. No crowds, no
waiting, keep moving," the company said on its website.
Besides MLB stadiums, Clear also partnered with NBA teams
"to help get fans back to the game by verifying health insights for a
safer and touchless entry at select venues for the 2020 - 2021 season,"
the company said.
A recent Rasmussen poll revealed that
almost half of Americans support the introduction of health passports to reopen
As the use of vaccine passports snowballs from airports to
sporting venues, concerns about the app's potential reach and implications are
Privacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation fears Clear will
hold sensitive medical data of users and transform it into consumer trackers.
Clear said users control their health records.
As of April, Clear has about 142k downloads.
Clear users upload a driver's license and take a selfie, which
the system matches them before connecting to COVID-19 test results from
hundreds of labs.
Some sporting venues also require additional symptom
questionnaires that can be quickly filled out on Clear or an automated
temperature check at a Clear kiosk. Once they pass, users get a
"green" pass with their headshot and a QR code that venue staff scan
Health passports have already migrated from airports to sporting
venues within a year - we wonder what is next?
Will passports be needed at shopping malls, gyms, schools,
government buildings, supermarkets, and or any other mass gathering
event or indoor area?
Also, how does a vaccine passport
help if the vaccine is impotent in protecting an individual
from infection and its furtherance through transmission, particularly when
there are increasing mutant forms of the virus?
Already, several US states have shown a resolve against the
premise of the vaccine passports. They include Texas,
Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi at the moment. We're assuming more will
These health passports are nothing more than creeping
totalitarianism and dictatorship by the government that wants to
control and track everything we do.
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