Should the US implement vaccine passports?

Background

The Washington Post recently reported that the Biden administration is working with private companies to develop a standard way for verifying vaccine credentials, or what have been called “vaccine passports.”

Within days, Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota was tweeting about the “oppression” of Biden’s hypothetical program and Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida was issuing an executive order prohibiting that state’s businesses from participating in it. How much of the rhetoric around vaccine passports is partisan noise, and where are legitimate justifications and concerns? (Source)

Discussion Questions

1. Do you think more people would get vaccinated if it was required to go to certain restaurants, stadiums, or other public places?

2. The “CON” side claims that vaccine passports would make social inequalities worse. Do you find this persuasive? Why or why not?

3. Do you think that it is legitimate for people to resist getting the vaccine? Why or why not?

4. Given how things are changing rapidly, how can you imagine your views changing in the coming months?

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