Governor Hair Gel hinted at a “vaccine verification” system at the COVID vaccine lottery drawing last week. At an event in San Francisco yesterday, His Hairfulness teased a bit more about what the system might look like:
Late last week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state would soon be rolling out a new “vaccine verification system” for private businesses that may be akin to a vaccine passport. During an event in San Francisco on Monday, Newsom clarified that the “system” will essentially just be electronic vaccine cards that individuals can keep on their phones as opposed to carrying around the paper card.
“It’s not a passport, it’s not a requirement, it’s just the ability now to have an electronic version of that paper version, so you’ll hear more about that in the next couple of days,” he said.
A leash, even a so-called digital one, is still a leash; and with no idea who will be on the end of that leash, it can far too easily become a chokehold.
Once you’re in such a system, you can be tracked, you can be required to get boosters, updates, or any other medical necessity that the leash-holders deem fit, and they can demand compliance, because you gave up your freedoms, when you signed on for the passport.
It’s a slippery slope, as my colleague Brandon Morse lays out:
Let’s start with the simple fact that we haven’t discussed who issues these “passports.” Do they come from a doctor? Does that doctor have to have a license to issue these official passports or is his word good enough? Is there an organization that hands these passports out? Is it a private organization? Does it have to have a license that says its passport is official?
No matter how you swing it, at some point, a governing body is going to have to get involved and decide whether or not you’re okay to go do something like getting groceries, medicine, or an overpriced latte. Somewhere on this line, the government is involved in telling me how I can go about my daily life.
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