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No to mandating vaccine passports

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The COVID-19 vaccines have been a gift from science to control the worst health pandemic in a century. Developed and deployed in less than year, they have become a potent weapon against an unpredictable virus. But their success raises a question: Under what circumstances might Americans be required to show proof of immunization?

The city of Chicago is exploring the idea of a "Vax Pass," particularly for younger people, which would be required as proof of immunization before they'd be allowed into certain venues, such as concerts. The passes might be applied toward preferred seating to encourage more people to get vaccinated.

"You get a vaccine, you'll be able to get into a concert or get into an event," Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said recently. "(We're) really thinking, particularly for younger people, how can we make vaccine something that people are excited about getting?"

The city and other governmental bodies can and should continue to educate the public on the need to get immunized. But it would be a bad idea and raise serious privacy concerns if governments required proof of immunization to access public venues or spaces. The public should be permitted, as always, to visit parks, libraries, the lakefront, plazas, government buildings and more without........

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