Buttigieg says the federal government supports the right of companies to introduce vaccination records
Minister of transport Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegHigh-speed rail gets last-minute push in Congress Buttigieg: Non-partisan agreement on infrastructure “highly preferred” OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republicans | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | The Texas government signs laws to improve the power grid after winter storm MORE said the federal government supports companies’ right to implement a COVID-19 vaccine passport policy.
Buttigieg was asked by a Texas news agency for his opinion on Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R), who bans companies from asking for proof of vaccination prior to entering their business.
“If a company, a company wants to take steps to protect its workers and passengers, I think that from the government perspective, we want to do everything we can to encourage it,” said Buttigieg said KDFW Fox 4 On Monday. “And that is certainly our view at the federal level.”
The Biden government has repeatedly said that vaccine passports will not be introduced at the federal level, but hasn’t stopped individual companies from making the personal decision to implement a vaccination passport.
Many Republican-led states have laws in place that deny a company the ability to choose whether to introduce a vaccine passport at its establishment.
Vaccination records are used in other countries, especially for travel.
The European Union has introduced vaccination passports so that fully vaccinated people can travel freely within the EU without being quarantined or constantly tested.
New York and California also have vaccination passport systems in place that allow residents to prove their vaccination status with a QR code, though few companies in the states require it.