'Vaccine passport' for NYers? 'This is something we're working on,' de Blasio says

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday that the city is working on a way for people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 to prove it with official documentation.

In a radio interview with Brian Lehrer, the mayor answered a question from a caller about a so-called “vaccine passport.” The caller said he had received both doses of the Moderna vaccine and often travels to visit relatives abroad.

“Is there any way to get some kind of vaccine passport, something that you can show some kind of foreign authority, ‘Hey look, I’m kosher,’” the caller asked.

“This is something we’re working on right now, trying to determine the best way,” de Blasio said.

“We, of course, really want to respect people’s privacy,” the mayor added. “But you’re right. There are situations, particularly with travel, where it might be very helpful to have a clear, certified example of the fact you’ve been vaccinated. So we’re working on, right now, the best way to address that, and we’ll have more to say on that I think next week.”

De Blasio said that as more New Yorkers are inoculated, “we’ve got to help people to be able to navigate what will be a much better world.”

“We’ve got to have a way, as more and more people get vaccinated, for it to be confirmed in ways that people need. And we’ll be working to work that out quickly,” he said.

De Blasio hopes to have 5 million New Yorkers fully vaccinated by June. He said a record 76,000 people were vaccinated in the city last Friday alone.

The city has fully vaccinated 666,799 people as of Friday, according to city data. In all, it has administered a total of 2,158,752 first and second doses of the vaccine.

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