WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Americans’ support for vaccine passports differed depending on the situation and across various demographics, according to a recent poll.
- The Gallup poll revealed that most Americans support requiring vaccine passports for flights and crowded events, but not for work or indoor dining.
- Dr. Anthony Fauci has said that requiring proof of vaccination will most likely not come from the federal government but from individual businesses and institutions.
A Gallup poll published Friday has revealed that most Americans believe that vaccine passports should be required for flights and big events that draw large crowds — but should not be mandated for work or eating environments.
The poll, which was conducted at the end of April, had more than 3,700 adult respondents.
According to the survey results, 57 percent of Americans support the requirement of vaccination proof for air travel while 55 percent support the same requirement for crowded events.
For other situations, however, most Americans believe vaccine passports are not required. Only 45 percent of employed respondents support the requirement of vaccination proof for returning to work, 44 percent support its requirement for hotel check-ins, and 40 percent support vaccine passports for indoor dining.
The results may provide a glimpse for policymakers and business owners as to how people will react to requiring proof of vaccination as the economy slowly restarts.
The reaction also differs across various demographics.
For instance, significantly higher support for vaccine passports was seen among Democrats compared to Republicans. The poll revealed that no more than 28 percent of Republicans supported a strict mandate of vaccine passports.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has already relaxed its guidelines for vaccinated people.
The CDC announced last month that vaccinated people can go unmasked outside, except when among large crowds. They also announced earlier in April that vaccinated people can travel as long as they wear a mask and avoid crowds.
Meanwhile, the White House’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said that vaccine passports will not be mandated by the federal government. That choice will most likely be left to individual businesses and institutions.
Fauci said, “I’m not saying that they should or that they would, but I’m saying you could foresee how an independent entity might say, ‘Well, we can’t be dealing with you unless we know you’re vaccinated.’ But it’s not going to be mandated from the federal government.”
Source: New York Post