Vaccine passports are latest flash point in COVID politics

  • The new “Excelsior Pass” app, a digital pass that people can download to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, seen March 27. (NY Governor’s Press Office via AP, File)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — 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.