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  • The poll from pharmaceutical company USA Rx found half of respondents felt vaccine passports were necessary to help end the pandemic and carry on with normal life.
  • Just more than 60 percent of those surveyed said they supported the idea of vaccine passports generally, with 28 percent opposed and 11 percent neutral.
  • Along party lines, the poll found 74 percent of Democrats supported vaccine passports while just less than 50 percent of Republicans agreed.

A new poll suggests that Americans are split on the idea of so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports. 

The poll from pharmaceutical company USA Rx found half of respondents felt vaccine passports were necessary to help end the pandemic and carry on with normal life, with most support coming from women and Democrats. 


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Just more than 60 percent of those surveyed said they supported the idea of vaccine passports generally, with 28 percent opposed and 11 percent neutral. More than three-quarters of those in support had already been vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Along party lines, the poll found 74 percent of Democrats supported vaccine passports while just less than 50 percent of Republicans agreed. Forty-four percent of Republicans and just 13 percent of Democrats were opposed to the idea. 

Survey participants were also asked what made them uneasy about the possibility of a vaccine passport rollout. Among respondents who refused to receive a vaccine, nearly 77 percent said they were concerned about being unable to participate in certain activities, while most respondents overall were worried it would be unfair to those who were unable to receive the critical jab. 

The poll surveyed 1,014 people ranging in age from 24 to 64 with an average age of 38. 

Vaccine passports would allow businesses, venues and other entities to validate someone has been inoculated against COVID-19 before allowing them entry, reducing the chances of spreading the virus. A growing list of countries now allow visitors with proof of vaccination to bypass testing and quarantine requirements. 

But talk of vaccine passports has prompted pushback among those who have raised concerns about potential government overreach that would discriminate against Americans who opt not to get vaccinated and infringe on their privacy rights. 

Recently, Republican states such as Texas and Florida have taken action to ban the use of vaccine passports.


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Published on May 05, 2021