States Lining Up Against “Vaccine Immunity Passports”

States Lining Up Against “Vaccine Immunity Passports”

Governors of several states in the U.S. have issued executive orders banning state agencies and corporations doing business in the state from requiring residents to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination via a vaccine immunity passport in order to obtain public services or enter public venues. Florida and Texas Governors Sign Executive Orders Banning Vaccine Passports […]

Brussels Police on Horseback Stampede Through Young Crowd Defying Social Distancing Rules

Brussels Police on Horseback Stampede Through Young Crowd Defying Social Distancing Rules

On Apr. 1, 2021, European news outlets reported that police on horseback in Brussels, Belgium stampeded through a crowd of young people gathering in the urban park Bois de la Cambre on a warm spring day in violation of the government’s strict social distancing rules. An estimated 2,000 to 5,000 people showed up to attend […]

Pennsylvania Health Care Worker to Be Fired for Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine

Pennsylvania Health Care Worker to Be Fired for Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine

Desiree Pelletier, a 26-year old health care worker in Newville, Pennsylvania said that her employer has fired her for refusing to get the experimental COVID-19 vaccine, which is being distributed in the U.S. under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) granted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).1 2 Pelletier said that her employer, Hempfield […]

New York City Waitress Fired for Refusing to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

New York City Waitress Fired for Refusing to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Bonnie Jacobson, a waitress at a restaurant in New York City’s Brooklyn district was fired from her job after she told her supervisor that she was planning to get pregnant and did not want to get the experimental COVID-19 vaccine at the present time.1 COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed in the U.S. under an Emergency […]

Airline Industry Develops “Travel Pass” to Test, Require COVID-19 Vaccinations to Fly

Airline Industry Develops “Travel Pass” to Test, Require COVID-19 Vaccinations to Fly

Story Highlights International Air Transport Association has developed a mobile application called IATA Travel Pass for passengers. The Travel Pass is a “digital passport” that will enable airlines to track passengers’ COVID-19 testing and vaccination status before boarding planes. North American airlines have not made a public comment on whether COVID-19 vaccination will be required […]

Ticketmaster Walks Back Plans to Require COVID-19 Testing or Vaccination

Ticketmaster Walks Back Plans to Require COVID-19 Testing or Vaccination

On Nov. 11, 2020, Billboard magazine reported that Ticketmaster, the world’s largest ticket agency, revealed it wants to require proof that ticket purchasers have tested negative for the SARS-CoV-2 virus within 24-72 hours before attending an event or have received a COVID-19 vaccine with a year of the event.1 This would mean that gone are […]

COVID-19 Lockdowns in New York: A Matter of Religious Freedom?

COVID-19 Lockdowns in New York: A Matter of Religious Freedom?

On Oct. 7, 2020, Harold Tischler, an Orthodox Jewish activist was arrested and charged with inciting a riot and the unlawful imprisonment of Jacob Korbluh, a journalist, during a protest in Borough Park, Brooklyn. Tischler, an activist, radio talk show host and candidate for Brooklyn City Council is known for speaking out against the COVID-19 […]

Hospital Staff Sensor ID Badges Track COVID-19

Hospital Staff Sensor ID Badges Track COVID-19

Story Highlights Sensor technology has been used by hospitals to monitor hand-washing behaviors and keep track of expensive equipment, but the coronavirus pandemic has opened up a new application for contact tracing of COVID-19 cases. Adding a sensor to staff ID badges, medical technology company SwipeSense enables hospitals to monitor employee movements, document interaction with […]

Tracking Vaccination Status by Phone is Now Active

Tracking Vaccination Status by Phone is Now Active

Opinion | You may soon be living in a world where your personal health data—including results from COVID-19 testing and data proving whether or not you’ve received certain vaccines—must be shared and authenticated before you’re able to enter a sports arena, travel by air or even enter your workplace. The technology behind such innovations, which […]

New York on PAUSE During COVID-19 Outbreak

New York on PAUSE During COVID-19 Outbreak

New York has been struggling with responding to one of the worst COVD-19 outbreaks in the world. As of Apr. 25, 2020, an estimated 271,600 people in New York State and 141,754 in New York City have been infected with COVID-19.1 In response to this health crisis, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an […]