Massachusetts Considering Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Passports

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Massachusetts could soon implement a digital vaccination passport program — a way for anyone who is vaccinated to prove their status.

The passports would provide vaccinated individuals access to a digital QR code that would be available for others to scan.

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The Baker Administration said in a statement to WBZ NewsRadio that the option they are exploring would be voluntary, and it has “been in touch with other states to learn more about their similar efforts.”

“The Administration has no plans for a statewide vaccine requirement,” the statement said.

In response to the possibility of digital vaccine passports, ACLU of Massachusetts Executive Director Carol Rose said "Given the significant health impacts of the COVID-19 virus in our country and state, the ACLU does not oppose the idea of requiring proof of vaccination in certain contexts. But the devil is in the details. The ACLU is monitoring how Massachusetts and other states roll out these vaccine verification systems, to ensure that civil liberties and civil rights are protected."

WBZ NewsRadio's Mike Macklin (@mikemacklinwbz) reports

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