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As Orange County Announces Pilot Program for COVID-19 Vaccine Passports, Drs. Warn this is ‘Unjust and Discriminatory’

‘What looks like an easing of restrictions is actually a coercive scheme,’ all for an experimental vaccine for a virus that is 99.98% recoverable

By Katy Grimes, April 14, 2021 4:05 pm

There is much talk across the country about establishing vaccine passports as a way to provide evidence of vaccination for COVID-19 – all for a still experimental vaccine for a virus that is 99.98% recoverable.

“The vaccine passport should be understood not as an easing of restrictions but as a coercive scheme to encourage vaccination. The idea that everybody needs to be vaccinated is as scientifically baseless as the idea that nobody does,” a Wall Street Journal op ed says.

Yet, Dr. Clayton Chau, director of the Orange County Health Care Agency and acting county health officer has proposed a pilot program for “vaccine passports” in Orange County – a “show-me-your-papers” or “digital passport” program to provide COVID vaccination evidence.

What could go wrong with the Orange County Health Care Agency planning a pilot program to figure out how proving immunity would work in the real world?

Othena is a private company that the Orange County Health Care Agency will allow to collect personal medical data and sell it or share it. Many worry this could be a prelude to a social credit system like China’s where they regulate the citizens’ behavior based on a point system.

The coronavirus is not smallpox, which killed 300 million people in the 20th century. This is all for a virus that is 99.98% recoverable. Talk of a vaccine passport sounds wholly un-American and rather nefarious.

Additionally, the vaccine passport is a violation of HIPAA, as is contact tracing.

The Orange County Register first reported on this Monday:

“Dr. Clayton Chau, the agency’s director and county health officer, said he told state health officials Tuesday that Orange County could easily introduce a function to Othena for people who used the county’s system to get vaccinated to show anyone who asks for proof.

But Chau said he worries about leaving behind people who either haven’t been vaccinated yet, or who have but don’t have a smartphone or internet access to use a digital version of such a passport. He suggested also issuing printed cards.”


“The county’s rollout continues to outpace other providers – Othena vaccinations account for 35% of doses given so far; CVS pharmacies are in second with 12%, according to the OC Health Care Agency’s latest data.

But what needs figuring out, Chau said, is how to bring the records of people who were vaccinated through traditional and private providers under the Othena umbrella for a passport system.”

All for an experimental vaccine for a virus that is 99.98% recoverable.

The Epoch Times did not pull any punches either: “California’s Orange County plans to launch a pilot program for digital CCP virus vaccine and testing passports, according to health officials.”

Many say if the gross mishandling of the coronavirus and subsequent lockdowns and mask mandates felt like crushing government overreach, imagine how bad the vaccine passport will be.

Already large entertainment organizations like Disney and professional sporting events and venues are telling fans to prepare to prove they’ve been vaccinated if they want to be allowed into Disneyland, or a NFL game. Ticketmaster announced plans to verify proof of vaccination or a recent negative test for COVID-19 using a digital health pass for sports fans and concertgoers who want to attend live events, MSN reported.

But the passports only serve to open a complicated can of worms and prolong the lockdowns, say Harvard Medical School Professor Martin Kulldorff, a biostatistician, and epidemiologist, and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a physician, economist and professor at Stanford Medical School. “It sounds like a way of easing coercive lockdown restrictions, but it’s the opposite,” they wrote in the Wall Street Journal last week. “To see why, consider dining. Restaurants in most parts of the U.S. have already reopened, at limited capacity in some places. A vaccine passport would prohibit entry by potential customers who haven’t received their shots. It would restrict the freedom even of those who have: If you’re vaccinated but your spouse isn’t, forget about dining out as a couple.”

Kulldorf and Bhattacharya warn, “The young are at low risk, and children—for whom no vaccine has been approved anyway—are at far less risk of death than from the flu. If authorities mandate vaccination of those who don’t need it, the public will start questioning vaccines in general.”

“The public has lost trust in officials in part because they’ve performed poorly—relying on lockdowns to disastrous effect—and in part because they’ve made clear their distrust of the public,” they said. “Trust, after all, is a two-way street. Coercive vaccination policies would erode trust even further. Even well-informed people may legitimately wonder: Why are they forcing me to take this shot if it’s so good for me?”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis have already issued executive orders barring the use of vaccine passports. Expect more governors to do the same, because they witnessed that the residents of Florida and Texas are doing just fine, and there were no spikes or surges when the masks came off for good, and the states fully re-opened.

“Vaccine passports are unjust and discriminatory,” Kulldorf and Bhattacharya said. “Most of those endorsing the idea belong to the laptop class—privileged professionals who worked safely and comfortably at home during the epidemic.”

“Vaccines are one of the most important inventions in human history—the reason that before last year many in the West had forgotten that infectious disease could pose a populationwide threat,” Kulldorf and Bhattacharya added. “Those pushing for coercive Covid vaccination threaten all this progress by undermining public trust in vaccines. In this sense, they are more dangerous than the small group of so-called anti-vaxxers have ever been.”

Perhaps the most interesting and important comment in the WSJ op ed summed up one root problem – business liability: “What you need is to indemnify business from rapacious lawyers and I suspect you’ll see the cry for passports to vanish.”

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15 thoughts on “As Orange County Announces Pilot Program for COVID-19 Vaccine Passports, Drs. Warn this is ‘Unjust and Discriminatory’

  1. Vaccine passports are bad. A WSJ op Ed said we should reach herd immunity by the summer as the majority gets vaccinated while the others gets COVID but recovers. No point in the passports when we’re set to hit the goal. All it’ll do is restrict people from participating in the activities and bonding with other people they love.

        1. The Vaccine passport has not been abandoned by the Board of Supervisors despite what you might have heard. I have been to 3 of their meetings. All they did was put off the vote but the money has been allotted.
          You cannot trust these people. They changed the name of the program to throw people off. There were over 1000 people at their one of their previous meetings. People are very upset about this and lawsuits are being filed.


  2. Very glad to see this coverage of the “vaccination passport.” It raises a question that we don’t seem to be hearing much anymore. Why is such a fuss being made, “all for an experimental vaccine for a virus that is 99.98% recoverable?” As if we didn’t know the answer. When you back someone into a corner, tie them to a chair, and tell them you won’t release them until they take a shot, it is malevolent, it is criminal, and it is absolutely unacceptable. These people are itching to control us, from head to toe, inside and out, and take over every aspect of our lives. We CANNOT have this under any circumstances.

    Furthermore, these unelected bureaucrats who call themselves Public Health Officers must go. They are robots, space aliens, puppets, all the same except for their faces, members of a Doomsday Cult whose only mission is to feed us false information. How would the harm they have done even be measured at this point? And any elected person who is foolish enough to even think about passing such a requirement needs to think again. Californians are angry and have had ENOUGH.

      1. Thanks RV and Stacy. Seems like it’s over if the vaccine passports take hold, doesn’t it. Hate to be so pessimistic but we must go up against this thing. And see Eb’s comment below.

  3. Thanks for writing this article, Katy. I think it’s important for Californians to understand the implications of this sort of freedom-restricting policy, so they can reject it en masse. The Federal and State governments have indicated that they would not initiate such a “papers please” policy, however they did not reject or dissuade the notion that the private sector develop and present the tools for implementing the policy for use at the discretion of private business. Americans must reject these “passports” (which may be called something else, like apps or ID) and reject doing business with places that require these anti-American tools of oppression. The Progressives have been instituting their Marxism for over 100 years, in small incremental steps, and this is where we are today. If we don’t push back, we’ll have a social credit system, like in China, where you can’t get a loan, ride a bus, go to college – because you were not drinking the government Kool Aid. Be very afraid.

    1. Great point, Eb —- you’re right. Corporations, already way too snuggly with government because they are protected, given favors, and subsidized, will act as proxies for what government wants to do. Thus we do need to “reject doing business with places that require these anti-American tools of oppression,” as you said. Mass rejection might cause American companies to re-think their stance if it is hitting their profits.

      Also the final observation in the article sounds promising: “Perhaps the most interesting and important comment in the WSJ op ed summed up one root problem – business liability: ‘What you need is to indemnify business from rapacious lawyers and I suspect you’ll see the cry for passports to vanish.’”

      Also what about the idea of customers having the option of signing waivers when they enter a business that the customer won’t sue if they contract COVID? Seems like something we could do to start going in the right direction until the fear on the part of the business (and elsewhere) fizzles out. Is that also going too far? Not practicable?

  4. Comrades
    It all went down hill in old days starting with mob rule, finger/gun pointing, believing you could force equal outcomes for those all along the Bell Curve.
    OC is a budding nightmare like San Diego, LA and SF full of needy who will turn in a flash, a mob……

  5. Why are we arguing with psychotic people who seek to take our country from us. They have lied to us from the get go. Just say NO! The vaccine IS the attack, people. Everything they have done has led to this one thing. They want our country destroyed, the American dream destroyed, they want our liberty destroyed. Wake up and get your heads out of the sand. The Great Reset is here, the border is open, and they are tightening the screws, look it up!

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