The possibility of vaccine passports—proof a person has been fully vaccinated and giving them license to travel without quarantining among other privileges—has been a hotly contested new issue with some people saying a passport would be too invasive of the government.
One such dissenter is television personality Dr. Drew Pinsky, a controversial addiction medicine specialist and former host of radio show Loveline.
Pinsky tweeted Monday morning a vaccine passport would be nothing less than discrimination.
These vaccine passports segregate people and strip them of their freedom to travel internationally. Vaccinations ar… https://t.co/7IM2anyzEz— Dr. Drew (@Dr. Drew) 1617633540.0
"Vaccinations are important, and I encourage everyone to get the Covid vaccine," wrote the doctor, "but how would you feel if international travel also required other vaccinations?"
The problem with Pinsky's assertion is several nations, including the United States, already do require specific vaccinations to obtain a visa.
@drdrew The United States literally requires all of these vaccinations for anyone seeking a visa. Tell me again how… https://t.co/ZaAQczz9zW— Julio Elizalde (@Julio Elizalde) 1617640623.0
@drdrew I'd make sure my vaccines were up to date and then hop on my flight...as I've done for the last 25 years of… https://t.co/MOx5b7a0GM— Jeffrey Wright (@Jeffrey Wright) 1617640916.0
@drdrew it already does. many countries require specific vaccinations for entry. did you get your doctorate from Trump University bro— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich) 1617644311.0
@drdrew What happened to you?— Tressie McMillan Cottom (@Tressie McMillan Cottom) 1617641352.0
Vaccinations for travel began coming into play in the 1940s, when the 1944 International Sanitary Convention produced certificates of vaccination against smallpox.
@drdrew Many countries already require proof of other vaccinations and it’s embarrassing that you don’t know that b… https://t.co/dBA1vBA9ET— Ryan Marino (@Ryan Marino) 1617644238.0
Weird, you need to show proof of vaccination to travel to some countries even pre-covid. And people still traveled. https://t.co/cXyxzK5WH2— Kristi Cornett (@Kristi Cornett) 1617672416.0
International travel does require other vaccines, you quack. https://t.co/Gc0LtbnpiJ— Travis Akers (@Travis Akers) 1617670622.0
Can we just stop acting like your medical opinion is in any way valid? Come on man, stop acting like you know what… https://t.co/y6S1QliYOW— jordan (@jordan) 1617670538.0
Last March, Pinsky was also dragged online after saying the pandemic was a "press-induced panic," for which he later apologized and urged Americans to listen to Dr. Anthony Fauci.
I love when rich white people accidentally tell on themselves for never being outside of the country except to go t… https://t.co/dSWFd4UNVZ— Jim (@Jim) 1617669050.0
People can be verified for being an expert on one thing but can be a complete idiot on another This is why we need… https://t.co/qqSrbT77ax— Jane Manchun Wong (@Jane Manchun Wong) 1617668265.0
Vaccination passports are a likelihood for the United States going forward, as the travel industry is pushing for them to make travel easier for travelers and the industry.
They are another pavestone on the pathway to something like normalcy.
New York State has already Introduced one called "Excelsior Pass," meant to give folks who have been fully vaccinated access to major performance venues.