At the beginning of the month, I reported on the Executive Order signed by Gov. Cuomo that required major events to require its attendees to use the “Excelsior Pass” to prove they received the Covid vaccine. At the time of the original reporting, the pass would only be required for events where social distancing would be difficult due to the sheer number of attendees.
New York will be the first state to roll out the app for every vaccinated person to get into any business in the state. The pass can either be printed or stored via a QR-code the Excelsior Pass’s ‘Wallet App.’ The Governor used the ‘success’ of this program to expand the governmental tracking app.
Gov. Cuomo said in a press conference about the vaccine at the time, “We’re doing everything we can to vaccinate as many New Yorkers as possible, as quickly as possible, while keeping the infection rate down and reenergizing our economy in a safe, smart way.”
“As we begin reopening the values on different sectors of our economy, we are putting guidelines in place to ensure individuals attending events involving larger gatherings have tested negative for COVID or have been vaccinated to avoid an outbreak of the virus,” said Gov. Cuomo.
“The Excelsior Pass will play a critical role in getting information to venues and sites in a secure and streamlined way,” Cuomo said, “allowing us to fast track the reopening of these businesses and getting us one step closer to reaching a new normal.”
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USA Today reported that the app doesn’t just track large-scale events anymore –where occupants are in the thousands or tens of thousands – it will be available to all entertainment or event businesses statewide. It even gives you the ‘permission’ to invite more of your friends and family because ” it enables people to increase the size of a wedding party or other catered event.”
It won’t just affect your ability to see the Knicks play. The Covid passport will be everywhere.
“Papers, please! Papers, please!”
If you don’t have a passport because you – for health or conscious reasons – decided not to get the vaccine, you should have thought about that because now you are a social pariah. If you thought the social signaling in the upper-middle-class liberal neighborhoods with their ridiculous status symbol – the mask – was annoying, just wait until the national passport gets here.
The national vaccine passport is coming. It’s not a myth or a conspiracy. Even as we speak, White House reporter Zeke Miller is championing the idea asking the CDC: “Can you speak to why you don’t think the federal government is the right place to set up a vaccination passport? … Shouldn’t the federal government be best positioned?”
Liberal women will have a new reason not to invite the kind conservative down the street to their cocktail party. You won’t be allowed in “polite society” if you aren’t vaccinated like sheep to a sheering.
If you don’t like it, host your own cocktail party. And while you are at it, start your own bank, school, movie theater, airline, and grocery store. If you are brave enough to open your own grocery store, the next week’s headline is likely to be “Conservative Extremist Grocery Store Opens – 10 Reasons Why It Needs To Be Closed By The City.”
Look at what Harry Litman, LA Times Legal Affair Columnist, wrote about the vaccine passport: “Vaccine passports are a good idea. Among other things, it will single out the still large contingent of people who refuse vaccines, who will be foreclosed from doing a lot of things their peers can do. That should help break the resistance down.”
It’s not about “saving lives” or “public safety.” The people supporting a vaccine passport want to control. They don’t want free will or free enterprise, only complete and utter soul-crushing control over everything. People will get the vaccine when they are confident in it. Forcing them to get it will do nothing but cause more headlines that feed the Democrat narrative about conservatives.
ARTICLE SOURCE: thefederalistpapers.org