Prevent the Dangers of Vaccine Passports

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As our state continues to re-open, many New Yorkers remain wary of getting the jab. Some fear that obtaining a vaccine will mean their personal information could end up in the hands of ICE or other federal government agencies. Meanwhile, rapidly proliferating vaccine passports threaten to cut the most vulnerable off from society.

TAKE ACTION: Tell lawmakers to knock down barriers to vaccination, and to make sure vaccine passports don’t cut the most vulnerable off from society.

Message Recipients:
Governor Andrew Cuomo
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
Assemblymember Jeffrey Dinowitz
Senator Michael Gianaris
Your Legislative Representatives

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New York is quickly re-opening, but many New Yorkers fear that sharing personal information to get a vaccine will put them at risk of criminalization or deportation. Meanwhile, rapidly proliferating vaccine passports threaten to cut the most vulnerable off from society just as the demand for vaccines is stagnating.

Many New Yorkers fear receiving vaccines if they believe their personal information will be shared broadly, including with ICE or law enforcement. Until these New Yorkers trust that their information will be protected, they may resist getting vaccinated.

I’m writing to demand that you support legislation that will knock down barriers to vaccination, and put critical guardrails in place for the use of vaccine passports.

Because immunity passports rely on presenting proof of medical information to gain entry to public places, left unchecked, they could track immense amounts of information about where New Yorkers spend their time, with whom, and their health status. This poses a particular risk for those who, whether for fear of deportation, criminalization, or any other reason, may be afraid to share personal information with the government or private companies.

A.7326/S.6541 imposes important safeguards for immunity passports. The legislation will prevent these technologies from becoming universal tracking devices and will ensure they can’t be used to criminalize or deport anyone or to take away anyone’s children.

The bill also enhances protections for information in our state Immunization Information System so that personal details can’t be shared with law enforcement or ICE. And it ensures that the information people share to make a vaccine appointment is similarly kept safe.

The end of the pandemic cannot come soon enough. Passing this legislation will help make sure no New Yorker is left behind.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]

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