Becoming one of the few states to do so, California is creating vaccine passports for any business or government entity who wants to require them amid the state’s full reopening.
Although California’s stay-at-home order is technically lifted, Gov. Gavin Newsom said he is making a “vaccine verification system” available to enforce CDC rules for vaccinated versus unvaccinated individuals.
Newsom said during a press conference at Vista Community Clinic that the system, which is similar to a vaccine passport, will allow people to carry an electronic form of their vaccine records to show venues that require it.
Contrary to rumors that verification system could be mandatory, he made sure to clarify that the verification system will not be “a requirement.” Instead it will be optional for businesses to implement.
“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,” the governor said.
But don’t let Newsom’s semantics fool you, a vaccine credentialing system’s striking similarities to a vaccine passport are undeniable.
While it may be available on an opt-in basis for business owners, consumers have no choice but to comply if the vast majority of businesses and government-entity require it. At which point it essentially becomes a de facto mandate.
If Californians must carry a “vaccine credentialing system” with them everywhere they go, then it becomes no different from a “vaccine passport.”
It’s also important to note that although the governor may be giving businesses a choice as to how to handle enforcing CDC guidance, he is not giving a choice to consumers.
He’s not allowing people to make the best decisions for their own health, nor is he allowing them their fundamental right to liberty.
And this is one of the many reasons why millions of Californians signed the Recall Gavin Newsom petition to remove him from office.
They don’t want their every move to be controlled by anyone, let alone a governor who has no respect for their rights and doesn’t want to relent power.
After the recall signatures are certified this month, a vote is expected to be held this Fall. If enough Californians turn out to vote, Newsom could be ousted from the Sacramento governor’s mansion by the end of this year.