With vaccinations circulating throughout the U.S. and new plans being swirled as to how the nation should continue to move forward after COVID-19, many have questioned whether a VAX passport will be required.
However, for those that are skeptical about COVID-19 vaccinations and how it might affect your body, you still have a little more time before anything is required of a Vax pass in Illinois. Although state and Chicago public health officials toyed with the idea of implementing an mandatory one, Illinois has given up on the idea. According to the Chicago Sun Times, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said in a recent news conference that Illinois will not issue vaccination passports, but might issue something like a doctor’s note – upon request. “What we are looking at is making sure that people have available to them some sort of verification if they want it, only at their own behest,” Pritzker said.
Despite Illinois not making the vaccination pass mandatory such as other states like New York, it will be recommended and offered to get for summer events to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has embraced and encouraged the idea for residents to get their vaccinations and contribute to the cause of returning our society back to normal. Since the beginning, Mayor Lightfoot has been very vocal in supporting vaccinations and shutting down the city into different phases to ensure that Chicago is decreasing or remaining stable for COVID-19 rates. Her goal is to have the city fully reopened by July 4th.
With the forthcoming events of summer festivals finally making their returns and states reopening up to full capacity once again, I think it would be beneficial for citizens ages 18 to 40 to really consider getting the vaccination if you “want to be outside”. On social media, users are waiting for summer to reopen and to soak up the rays with their loved ones. Therefore, do your research and do your part.
Despite Illinois rejecting the idea of a Vax Pass, upcoming details will be released if any changes will be made within the city of Chicago. In a year from now, I can estimate that the percentage of vaccination rates will have increased and society will have redeemed the majority of their usual state. Regardless, I believe that masks and 6 feet apart guidelines should still be upheld.
Make sure to vote your reaction to a potential Vax pass!
By Kori Barnes, University of Nevada, Las Vegas