Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has come out and stated that European-style health passes used to gain admission into public venues “may very well be a path forward” here in the United States.
France passed a law this week that requires one of these health passes in order to enter a restaurant, bar, or other public venue. In order to obtain one of these passes, folks have to be able to prove they are fully vaccinated, have recently passed a negative COVID test, or recently recovered from the illness.
“They’re issuing health passes there [in Europe], right, where you can go to a disco, or a disco-tech as they like to call it there, if you have a health pass,” a host said to Walensky during a Wednesday morning conversation. “Is that something that the CDC would ever lean in to, or perhaps advise here?”
“You know, I think some communities are doing that, and that may very well be a path forward,” Walensky replied to the question. “I do want to sort of comment that in some fully vaccinated venues, if they are unmasked and if there are few people who are transmitting there as a fully vaccinated person, it is possible to pick up the disease in those settings.”
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky says European-style "health passes" for admission to nightclubs and other venues "may very well be a path forward." pic.twitter.com/KBhS5T7VPq
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Public health officials are continuing to push for nationwide vaccination as the spread of the delta variant continues across America. As of this writing, roughly about 57 percent of all adults in the United States have been given at least a single dose of the vaccine, while 49 percent have been fully vaccinated.