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"Will You Need a Vaccine Passport in California?"

The New York Times interviewed Dr. Michael Jerrett, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of environmental health sciences, about the uses of digital certificates of vaccination

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Baseball is back across the state. Tickets to see Bad Bunny early next year were snatched up in no time. The Musso & Frank Grill — the iconic, very much indoors Hollywood haunt — has announced it will reopen on May 6. That’s all been possible, officials and experts say, because increasing numbers of Californians are vaccinated. And though the biggest hurdle for the state’s vaccine campaign has been a limited supply of doses, that’s changing quickly, officials say.

As of Monday, one in four Californians was fully inoculated and more than 40 percent of Californians have received at least one shot. All adults 16 and older are eligible to be vaccinated. Many businesses have been allowed to reopen — but some can open at higher capacity if they require proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test. The state is also allowing larger groups to gather, if everyone is tested or fully vaccinated. 

So how does one quickly and consistently prove they’ve been vaccinated? One option is what has come to be known as a “vaccine passport.”