Law and Disorder: David J. McGuire
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This week: New York Stated became the first in the country to premier a Covid-19 vaccine passport. They call it the Excelsior Pass and proponents say its a safe and efficient way for people to return to sporting events, concerts, Broadway theaters and other large group settings. You show a QR code proving a recent negative test or full vaccination. The pass is voluntary and lets New Yorkers to upload their official results"from a number of different vaccination sites and labs"into the system to verify that the person holding the pass meets the standards for entry. The state first used the pass at a Buffalo Bills football game in January after which they monitored attendees for 14 days after and discovered almost negligible transmission. Registration in the program requires three pieces of information: Name, date of birth, and zip code. The pass is matched to vaccination and testing records using a series of questions to prevent fraud. When the person arrives at a venue, all they have to do is show a photo ID with their code, which will generate a green check mark at the venue. New York state officials say theyve been in close talks with surrounding states about integrating systems, but their neighbors say its not the priority. What are vaccine passports and who is considering implementing them? Connecticut, for example says it doesnt have immediate plans to roll out a vaccine passport, although Governor Ned Lamont has said its possible to see private sector solutions if demand grows and if the technology is proven effective. Guest - Attorney David J. McGuire, executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut. McGuire also is the chair of the Connecticut Special Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, serves on the states Racial Profiling Prohibition Project Advisory Board, and is a member of the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Criminal Justice System.