The White House spokeswoman said on Tuesday that the US government was formally opposed to the idea of a vaccine passport, because “the personal data and rights of Americans must be protected”.
The White House said on Tuesday it would not impose a health passport on Americans to show they have been vaccinated against Covid-19, while stressing that the private sector was free to move forward with the idea.
“The government does not support, and will not support , a system that requires Americans to have a certificate,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. “There will be no federal database on vaccinations , nor any federal obligation requiring everyone to obtain a vaccination certificate ,” she added at her daily press conference.
The strongest interest in this idea comes from private companies, anxious to reopen sites where “a large number of people” gather , such as stadiums or theaters, continued the spokesperson.
Protect personal data
“On the federal government side, our interest is simple, and that is that the personal data and rights of Americans must be protected , and therefore that these systems are not used against people unfairly, ” said Jen Psaki.