This is a major issue right now but if we are being honest? It is a bit overblown. The mainstream media gets their hands on these types of debates and they never want to shut up about it. That’s to be expected from them, though. That is just how they roll.
Once businesses start to reopen their doors for good, the last thing that they are going to want to do is limit the amount of business that they can do. At least 20 percent of the American public does not want to be vaccinated. How can businesses ignore the needs of this clientele?
If no one is willing to cater to them, they are going to have to go somewhere. For companies that have been bleeding money for the past year, there’s not much that they can do. They need every dollar that they can get and that means having to take calculated risks.
Vaccine passports are also likely to heighten social tensions during a time when we need to be coming together. Everyone’s been stuck inside for the better part of a year and they are all upset about something. Do we really need to add another issue to the docket right now? Probably not, if you are asking us (or anyone else who is semi-sane).
If vaccine passports become a smartphone storage type of deal, you are shutting out lots of people who are not exactly tech-savvy. Those who hail from poorer backgrounds are also not going to be able to enjoy the same level of access.
“In fact, the first thing [passports] would do is close things down, because it bars people from doing things they’ve already been doing throughout the pandemic: shopping, traveling, gathering together, attending weddings and funerals,” says Michael Brendan Dougherty notes. “You would be instituting new and harsher restrictions at the very time the pandemic was ending.”
National Review shared his take on the topic and we have our own. Businesses should not be told by a governor what they can and cannot do. In the same way that we have been asking for people to be allowed to make their own common sense decisions, businesses need to be offered the same sort of latitude. It is easy to see most businesses deciding that they would like to make as much money as possible.
On the flip side, it is also easy to see them deciding that they would rather make sure that their clientele who are unable to receive a vaccine for medical reasons (i.e. allergies) are able to remain safe. Some may also find an acceptable middle ground for their customers, allowing them to come inside as long as they are wearing a mask but not requiring a vaccine passport.
Governor @RonDeSantisFL Announcing He Will Be Taking Executive Action Against "Vaccine Passports"
"We always said we want to provide it for all, but mandate it for none."
“We are not going to have you provide proof of this just to be able to live your life normally.” pic.twitter.com/1DSEmP7mm8
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) March 29, 2021
Meanwhile, there is another school of thought where people who are looking to get vaccinated to resume their normal existences end up stuck inside for even longer. This is what will happen if the public health bureaucracy continues to drag its feet. Dan McLaughlin over at National Review got a bit more in-depth on this topic:
“[T]he virtue of a vaccine passport should be that it allows people to do things — say, visiting nursing homes, or entering businesses without a mask — that they would otherwise not be able to do yet. We should have been louder and clearer in getting out the message that getting the shot gets you freer, faster. Our public communications on vaccines have been a mess, and one part is that the public-health community (Dr. Fauci in particular) has been unwilling to encourage people with the carrot of more freedom from lockdowns, masks, and social distancing as an incentive to get vaccinated,” he says.
As for DeSantis, he is preparing for a presidential run in 2024, so he needs to have his messaging on point. Right now, this is what he thinks will play to his GOP base. Florida residents who are pro-vax can point to his good track record on fighting the virus. Anti-vax types who are skeptical will be happy that he took a stand. It’s just standard operating procedure now.