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JACKSONVILLE — The Illinois Department of Public Health is working on a plan to allow people to prove they've been vaccinated, but few details have been released.

A spokesman for the department said "vaccinated individuals may want to be able to prove they have been vaccinated, especially if they misplace their CDC vaccination card."

The department said it is working to provide that service to people, but it did not disclose if they're working with a third party vendor or provide any timeline for such a service.

Last month, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said vaccination passports could be useful as more Illinoisans get vaccinated for COVID-19.

"As long as it is your choice," Pritzker said. "If people ask you to show that for a particular venue or private venue, they have the ability and right to do that. You don't have to show that to them. You don't have to go to that venue or be engaged in that activity."

Media reports earlier this week indicate groups in Chicago are working to offer electronic COVID-19 vaccine passports.

The NAACP Illinois Conference president said mandating such proof to do normal things in society would violate rights.

"We believe next year if the vaccine becomes more available, and it should, these systems don't need to be put in place," said Alexis Hancock, director of engineering with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "We are afraid that these permanent systems will evolve into something else in the future if they mandate such a thing now. It's creating a divide of who's been vaccinated and who's not."


This article originally ran on pantagraph.com.

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