Politics

Democratic Boston Mayor renounces vaccine passports—compares to slave documentation

Democratic Boston Mayor Kim Janey renounced the idea of mandating proof of COVID-19 in her city and compared it to policies during slavery.

When asked by a reporter about the vaccine passport mandate in New York City, Janey claimed that mandating vaccine passports would be “difficult to enforce” while also taking into consideration the “long history in this country of people needing to show their papers,” according to the Washington Examiner. 

“We know that those types of things are difficult to enforce when it comes to vaccines,” Janey said. “There’s a long history in this country of people needing to show their papers — whether we’re talking about this from the standpoint of, you know, as a way to, after — during slavery, post-slavery, as recent as, you know, what the immigrant population has to go through.”

Many of her Democratic colleagues have publicly criticized Janey over statements, calling her claims ‘dangerous’. “When we are combating a deadly virus & vaccine hesitancy, this kind of rhetoric is dangerous. Showing proof of vaccination is not slavery or birtherism. We are too close to give ground to COVID. Science is science. It’s pretty simple: vax up and mask up,” City Councilor Andrea Campbell, who is seeking to replace Janey as mayor. 

ARTICLE: LAURA RAMIREZ

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: THE DAILY BEAST

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