Majority of Americans Support Requiring Vaccinated People to Carry Proof: Poll
As "vaccine passports" emerge as the next cultural flashpoint in the coronavirus pandemic, a new poll found that a majority of Americans support requiring people who have received a shot to carry proof.
A Morning Consult survey released Wednesday showed 53 percent of U.S. adults backed the idea of requiring those who have been vaccinated against the virus to have proof, whether it be a digital or physical certificate.
Slightly more than one-third of those polled (37 percent) opposed making inoculated people carry proof. Ten percent of respondents didn't know or offered no opinion on the subject.
Slightly more Americans (63 percent) supported the idea of a digital COVID-19 vaccination passport, but only when it was not mandatory. If required, support for a digital card dropped to 46 percent.
Last month, New York became the first state to launch a digital vaccine passport application for residents to verify that they've been immunized against the coronavirus. The program is intended to help fast-track re-openings of venues and businesses.
Since then, it has become a divisive issue across the country with several states already moving to ban them. Republican governors in Georgia, Florida, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee and Texas have been vocal about their opposition and some have pushed executive orders or legislation to combat a passport program. Many of the leaders have expressed concern about privacy or personal freedom.