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Should Venues And Workplaces Require Proof Of Covid Vaccination?




Fans social distance inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 19, 2021 in London, England.
Fans social distance inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 19, 2021 in London, England.
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According to a poll by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, the majority of Californians think entertainment venues should be able to require proof that patrons are either COVID negative or fully vaccinated. The poll also found that most Californians support some workplaces placing similar requirements on their employees. 

The poll results also found a partisan split in the idea of vaccination requirements. For example, 82 percent of Democrats approved proof of immunity or a negative COVID test at entertainment venues, while 66 percent of Republicans disapproved. We dive into the results of the poll and discuss the bioethics of so-called “vaccine passports,” both in the U.S. and internationally.

Guests: 

Michele Goodwin, chancellor’s professor of law and director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at the University of California, Irvine and author of multiple books, her latest is “Policing The Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood” (Cambridge, February 2020)  she tweets @michelebgoodwin​

Arthur Caplan, professor of Medical Ethics at New York University School of Medicine where he is also director of the division of medical ethics; he tweets @ArthurCaplan