New Yorkers: Tell Gov. Hochul to Support Vaccine Privacy
New Yorkers: Write today to tell Gov. Kathy Hochul to sign Assembly Bill 7326 and Senate Bill 6541 into law to safeguard New Yorkers’ privacy around vaccines. This bill, which passed both the Assembly and Senate, will help establish the trust needed for all successful public health measures.
New Yorkers are being asked to share their vaccine status to enter places such as restaurants or gyms, or to access basic public services. In the face of ongoing public health threats, this means that New Yorkers are presenting proof of medical information in many places. Without protections, this creates a huge amount of information about where they go and who they associate with that can be tracked and abused.
People should not have to worry that their vaccine information will become a universal tracking tool that could be used against them—if, for example, it might be unexpectedly shared with immigration officials, law enforcement agencies, or private companies.
This bill will ensure that individuals’ personal information is kept safe throughout the vaccination process and that information shared to receive a vaccine cannot be used to criminalize or deport anyone or to take away their children. It will also put in place reasonable guardrails for proof of vaccination to ensure that the most vulnerable are not cut off from society.
We also support the legislation’s provisions to ensure that vaccine passport information cannot be used to criminalize, deport, or take anyone’s children away. Giving people the assurance that their information will not be used in these devastating ways, again, increases much-needed trust in these public health efforts.
Tell Gov. Hochul to sign this critical bill to protect public health today.
A.7326-A/S.6541 is a New York bill. If you're outside of the state of New York, please consider urging your state legislators to act on similar bills. Please sign up for updates from EFF for future opportunities to take action in your jurisdiction.
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