Wednesday, December 1, 2021

CommonWealth Magazine: "Baker says deal coming ‘soon’ on universal vaccine proof"

"GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said Monday that a deal could be reached “soon” with a number of other states to create a scannable code that could be used to prove someone has been vaccinated. 

“We’ve been working with a bunch of other states, 15 to 20 of them, to try to create a single QR code that can be used for all sorts of things where people may choose to require a vaccine,” Baker said in an interview on Boston Public Radio with hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan. 

The comments on GBH radio reflect a shift on the topic from Baker’s tone six months ago, amid a pandemic landscape that has changed significantly since then. 

When Baker was asked in April 2021 whether Massachusetts would create a COVID vaccine passport – a way of proving someone had been vaccinated – Baker said he wasn’t looking at it. Baker brushed aside the idea of “having a conversation about creating a barrier before people have even had an opportunity to be eligible to be vaccinated” at that point, saying, “let’s focus on getting people vaccinated.” Today, vaccines are widely available, yet the pandemic continues to spread, and a growing number of businesses and industries, including state government, are imposing vaccine mandates. "

Yes, this is good. A consortium of how ever many states is better than going alone. This is going to be here for a while, let's get the infrastructure in place to do this and properly do this.

The Boston Globe reports on the same radio conversation with the Governor where this was revealed

And a clarification from Gov Baker on what he is for and what he is not

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.ELISE AMENDOLA/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.ELISE AMENDOLA/ASSOCIATED PRESS

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