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  • A Gallup poll released Friday found more than half of Americans are in favor of requiring proof of vaccination in order to travel on an airplane or attend events with large crowds.
  • Support, however, fell when respondents were asked about other activities such as going to work or dining in a restaurant.
  • Talk of vaccine passports has prompted pushback among those who have raised concerns about potential government overreach.

Support for so-called COVID-19 “vaccine passports” varies depending on which activities they would be required for, according to a new survey.

The Gallup poll released Friday found 57 percent of Americans are in favor of requiring proof of vaccination in order to travel on an airplane, while 55 percent supported the idea of requiring vaccine passports to attend events with large crowds, such as sporting events or concerts. 


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Support, however, fell when respondents were asked about other activities. Fifty-five percent of those surveyed said they were opposed to requiring people to show proof of vaccination to go to work, while 60 percent were opposed to requiring passports for dining and 56 percent opposed for staying in a hotel. 

The survey included responses from 3,731 adults between April 19-25 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points. 

Vaccine passports would allow businesses, venues and other entities to confirm 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 travelers with proof of vaccination to visit and bypass testing and quarantine requirements. 

But talk of vaccine passports has prompted pushback among those who have raised concerns about potential government overreach that could 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, while New York has put in a place a voluntary digital passport system.

The White House has said it would not be involved in requiring Americans to provide proof of vaccination. 


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Published on May 07, 2021