Is a Massachusetts COVID Vaccination ID in the Works? [OPINION]
Governor Charlie Baker was careful in choosing his words when asked about ways Massachusetts residents can prove that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Currently, most folks have only the COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card issued upon vaccination. But with employers, venues, and other places requiring proof of vaccination with greater frequency, Baker believes there needs to be something more. What that might look like, the governor would not commit.
Appearing on Boston's Public Radio Station WGBH on Thursday, Baker stopped short of endorsing a vaccination verification system beyond the little piece of cardboard. The State House News Service reports the problem of fake or forged verification cards is becoming more widespread. As a result, some states have "launched free and voluntary platforms to provide digital and authentic proof that the user has either been vaccinated or has tested negative."
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey recently hinted that some sort of vaccination ID card could be forthcoming to address the issue of fraud. There are reports of forged or fake vaccination cards selling for as much as $300 since the Biden Administration issued vaccination mandates for some federal workers.
While Baker would not reveal what his administration is considering, he hinted that something could be coming and soon.
"I mean, I just happen to think that getting to the point where there’s a relatively simple process for people to credential the fact that they’ve been vaccinated will be important for a whole bunch of reasons," he said.
The idea of having to present proof of vaccination is repulsive enough since my personal medical records are my business. The thought that the government might be considering an app or an ID card for citizens to present upon demand is downright un-American and should upset everyone.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.