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Calif. to use electronic vaccine verification system instead of vaccine passports

California Governor Gavin Newsom talks during a news conference at Universal Studios in Universal City, Calif., on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Starting Tuesday, there were no more state rules on social distancing, and no more limits on capacity at restaurants, bars, supermarkets, gyms, stadiums or anywhere else. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Gov. Gavin Newsom talks during a news conference at Universal Studios in Universal City, Calif. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Gov. Gavin Newsom talks during a news conference at Universal Studios in Universal City, Calif. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

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UPDATED 4:00 PM PT – Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) announced California will not have vaccine passports, but an electronic vaccine verification system instead. In a recent press conference, Newsom suggested the state was working on a system that businesses could use to check whether a customer is vaccinated.

The Golden State governor went on to mention businesses could choose between relying on the honor system for customers to wear masks or using the vaccine verification system. Businesses will also still have the option to turn customers away if they refuse to wear a mask.

“To be honest, in terms of their self-attestation, we’re not requiring passports in the state of California,” he explained. “We’re not requiring or mandating, but we are encouraging people, private businesses, to do what they think is best for them.”

California lifted most of its COVID-19 restrictions on Tuesday as part of the state’s reopening. So far, more than 10 states have banned the use of COVID-19 passports.

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