Senator Michael Testa warned New Jerseyans need to remain vigilant to ensure that a new app launched by the Murphy administration isn’t converted into a vaccine passport that can be used to exclude or segregate people based on vaccination status.
Sen. Michael Testa warned New Jerseyans need to remain vigilant to ensure that a new app launched by the Murphy administration isn’t converted into a vaccine passport. (SenateNJ.com)
“Governor Murphy hasn’t been transparent with New Jerseyans during the pandemic and he’s refused to rule out the use of vaccine passports,” said Testa (R-1). “We need to be vigilant to ensure this app doesn’t suddenly morph into a vaccine passport that people are forced to display everywhere they go.”
On Monday, the New Jersey Department of Health announced the launch of the Docket app saying it is intended to allow consumers easy access to view and download their vaccination records.
The new app, however, shares features that could be used to implement a vaccine passport, which could be used to prevent unvaccinated individuals from traveling, accessing public places or events, attending school, or even working.
“While Governor Murphy insists the app is not a vaccine passport, it could likely be used for that purpose should he change his mind,” added Testa. “New Jersey is doing just fine without it.”
Testa sponsors legislation (S-3674) that would prohibit the State from requiring private businesses to confirm a person’s COVID-19 vaccination status as a condition for entry.
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