PERRY: Vaccine passports are Colorado’s ticket to healthier businesses and lives

In this undated photo, provided by NY Governor’s Press Office on Saturday March 27, 2021, is the new “Excelsior Pass” app, a digital pass that people can download to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. Vaccine passports being developed to verify COVID-19 immunization status and allow inoculated people to more freely travel, shop and dine have become the latest flash point in America’s perpetual political wars, with Republicans portraying them as a heavy-handed intrusion into personal freedom and private health choices. (NY Governor’s Press Office via AP, File)

The quandary over vaccine passports resolves with this simple question: Would you rather be in a crowded restaurant or gym with people who’ve all been vaccinated against COVID-19, or those who refuse to take the vax?


Even people who believe wearing masks during a pandemic is an affront to their constitutional rights, and should be a “personal choice,” would have to be drowning in conspiracy Kool-Aid to prefer an ocean cruise with their own kind. No, the only controversy over the government mandating and regulating so-called vaccine passports comes from everyone’s justified uneasiness with the government harboring centralized health data on just about everyone. I’ve never been able to care about my personal secrets. When Facebook cranked up, I found it a great timesaver to whine to everyone I know at the same time about all the sordid messiness of my life.

So I’m OK with letting Big Gov have my birthday, social security, address and when I got my J&J blast. As long as there’s no public record of my belt size, which is almost 32-inches, for the record. Almost. It’s been a tough year.

But flashing my vax card for a seat at the bar next to my vaxxed pals after last-run at Loveland? Oh hellzyeah. Sharing air and space next to the guy who says, “no vax and microchip in my brain for me!”?

No thanks.

How cool would it be to get on a crowded airplane and not have to frown your way to a headache because the guy behind you looking like Ted Nugent started coughing just after the plane pushed back from the terminal?

It doesn’t have to be just a dream about the good old days of being packed like Peeps in a plane.

The science is moving past just guessing that vaccinated people are not only protected against infection, but they probably don’t infect others, even if they’re exposed themselves.

From the journal Nature last month: “The data is certainly intriguing and suggestive that vaccination may reduce the infectiousness of COVID-19 cases, even if it does not prevent infection altogether,” said Virginia Pitzer, an infectious-diseases modeller at Yale School of Public Health in New Haven, Connecticut.”

That leads to the wisdom of allowing vaccinated people to behave in ways that would be too dangerous if mixed with vaccine-naughts.

Vaccine passports not only make common sense, they make good business sense.

Right now, and for the foreseeable future, if you have a restaurant, servers must still mask up, customers must wear masks in and out when wandering about, and tables must be six feet apart. Almost any restaurateur will tell you they’re losing about half of their seats to social distancing geometry.

If you owned a restaurant and had the ability to reopen, filled to the brim, just like the good old days, but you could only allow in vaccinated customers, which would you choose?

How about airplanes? If you ran an airline, or even worked for one, would you prefer sold out seats and happy maskless customers, buying food and booze on the plane? Or does it make sense to lose every third seat and profitable concessions?

If you think it would be a losing proposition that anti-vaxers — kept out of restaurants, taverns, swimming pools, movie theaters, concerts, museums, hair salons and sporting events —  would be missed in those places, I would take that bet.

I can guarantee you that right this minute there are 76,125 people who would prove they’ve been vaccinated so they could pony up the outrageous price for a Broncos ticket in a packed Mile High Stadium — if the team commanded it.

The only people whining about vaccine passports are the same people who insisted that we should leave the business of containing the virus to businesses. They were all about letting businesses decide whether to require masks and distancing.

Well, State Rep. Patrick Neville, who has for more than a year cheered a laissez-faire-well approach to the pandemic. This is your dream come true. Let movie theaters in Castle Rock and Highlands Ranch decide whether to require you and others to prove your vaccination to see the show.

Today, The Sentinel is running news that the demand for vaccination across the nation is beginning to slow as the crowds of sensible Americans thin. We’re getting down to a place where herd immunity and ending the pandemic will depend on persuading millions of people in the U.S., and here in Colorado, to get the vax.

Few things would be more compelling to people who just don’t really care than to find out they can go only to the grocery store and home unless they get the shot. Or, they can hang at the bars and gyms where nobody is immune to an invitation to spend time on a respirator.

It’s the same logic we should use regarding all dangerous communicable diseases. Colorado, like most states, mandates childhood vaccinations against diseases that kill and maim children before being allowed in public schools.

Because of widespread disinformation and the debilitating lack of good sense and courage by too many elected officials in Colorado, endless and easy loopholes have put millions of Colorado kids at risk for Middle-Ages maladies like smallpox, chickenpox, rubella and even polio.

So don’t look to the state Legislature or Gov. Jared Polis to buck up and mandate vaccinations against a plague that has already killed 6,360 Colorado residents.

Instead, look at the bottom line of businesses. Vaccine passports are a profitable way to end the pandemic for everyone. It’s always been the case that money talks when common sense falls on deaf ears. Here’s a way to change that.

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1 month ago

We will fight this with every breath we have. Totalitarian types such as yourselves better tread very carefully.

Wrestling Mama
Wrestling Mama
1 month ago
Reply to  Chris

Chris, I totally agree wit you. I don’t care if you have been vacinated or not. In the year that has past I feel sorry for all those who have sucummed to the mindset that we need to know everyone’s medical history or preferences, and that we think that the Government needs to be in charge of our lives. I yearn for the days when people appreciated the liberties and freedoms that we have been promised by our constitution. As far as the question asked by the writer of the ariticle goes, I could care less if I was in a packed gym with people who have not been vaccinated, in fact I would prefer it as I know they are not easily brainwashed. I find it funny that those who have been vaccinated will happily tell you so, so why do you need a vaccine passport?

1 month ago

What’s the big deal? ReTrumplicants and antivaxxers can opt out by not getting the vaccine and letting the rest of us get back to some semblance of normal life. Seems they are happiest when they have some kind of grievance, so this can keep them going for a while while the rest of us can go on with our lives.

1 month ago
Reply to  Gened

Oh if this passes you won’t be allowed to get back to normal. We’ll make sure of that

1 month ago

Perry just made a great argument here as to why perhaps it’s a mistake to get a vaccine, even if you support it. I’d never considered that by getting the vaccine I’m leading us back to the miserable “packed in like peeps” pre pandemic days. I’ve discovered I actually prefer the social distanced spaces where you can enjoy the venue better and get better service. I have no desire at all to go back to the overcrowded spaces everywhere that Perry loves so much. Reading this just made me reconsider getting the jab as I have no desire at all to going back to the overcrowded spaces “filled to the brim” of Perry’s “good old days,” that he so joyously describes here. Those experiences were miserable. Thanks Dave for showing so clearly why I should strongly reconsider getting this vaccine shot.

1 month ago
Reply to  Jake

start to grow your own food is cheaper and you control what you spend your hard $$$ on

Joe Felice
Joe Felice
1 month ago

Except that having had the shots does not stop one from acquiring the virus or transmitting it. In that sense, these are not real vaccines. A vaccine would protect people from becoming infected. What this medicine does is neutralize the virus once it’s in your body by changing its RNA. The goal is not non-infection, but rather, keeping cases mild and thereby avoiding the hospital, which is the goal of insurance companies.

I have leukemia, the treatment for which changes the RNA of the cancer cells. Can my treatment be considered a “vaccine?” I don’t think so.

But the current medicines that people are getting are a first step and will buy us time, as we await real vaccines that will prevent infection.