Will the U.S. Require Vaccine Passports? Fauci Weighs In!

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Vaccine passports have been a hot topic as of late. As COVID-19 cases decline and vaccines become more widely distributed, people are beginning to think about their next vacation — whether that be to a Disney Park, Universal Studios, or elsewhere!

Related: Would YOU Visit the Disney Parks if Vaccine Passports Were Required?

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Coronavirus vaccines began being distributed in the United States just before the start of 2021. And as we continue to make progress with more people becoming vaccinated, some were speculating that they could become mandatory for those who want to travel once again.

In fact, many were wondering if, in order to travel to certain places, they may need a vaccine passport — which, in case you aren’t familiar, is proof showing that you have been vaccinated against COVID-19. However, now Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser, is weighing in on the situation saying that he doesn’t think the federal government will mandate the vaccine passport concept.

In a Politico Dispatch podcast, Dr. Fauci said “I doubt that the federal government will be the main mover of a vaccine passport concept.” He continued, “They may be involved in making sure things are done fairly and equitably, but I doubt if the federal government is going to be the leading element of that.”

This news comes just days after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis became the first U.S. governor to issue an executive order officially banning vaccine passports. DeSantis took to Twitter himself to announce Florida’s ban on vaccine passports within the state, writing:

Today I issued an executive order prohibiting the use of so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports. The Legislature is working on making permanent these protections for Floridians and I look forward to signing them into law soon. Read my EO here – bit.ly/3dxuipJ

Related: U.S. President Wants Vaccine Passports, But Florida Governor Says No

On the other hand, next week, California will begin a new policy that allows event venues (hosting concerts, theater, or other events that will welcome larger crowds) to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result. Those who are vaccinated will be allowed to sit in designated areas of the venues without social distancing.

At the time of publication, neither Disney Parks nor Universal has issued a vaccine passport requirement for those wishing to visit the theme parks in California or Florida. Inside the Magic will update you as we get information.

Would you provide a vaccine passport if it was required for travel or an event? Let us know in the comments below.

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