The agency clarified the statements of the Secretary of National Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, who had stated that the Joe Biden government was "carefully examining" the possibility of issuing this type of documentation.
The United States Department of Homeland Security clarified that there are no plans to establish a vaccination passport for travelers on Friday. The agency indicated that there would be no federal database or order requiring individuals to receive a unique vaccination credential.
The department announced to clarify what Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas previously said in response to a question in a television interview. The US official had stated that the agency was "carefully examining" the possibility of issuing vaccination passports now that the pandemic is subsiding and that Americans are beginning to travel abroad.
However, a spokesperson clarified that the Department of Security is pondering how to ensure that Americans traveling abroad can have a quick and easy way to enter other countries.
In an interview with the ABC Network, Mayorkas said the possibility of issuing vaccination passports to travelers arriving in the United States was being carefully studied.
The administration of President Joe Biden wants to "make sure that the passports that are provided for vaccination are available to everyone and that no one is left out," added Mayorkas, whose department oversees the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
But in its statement, the Department of Homeland Security indicated that the Secretary of Homeland Security was referring to ensuring that all U.S. travelers could meet any entry requirements from other countries. The statement did not specify how it would be obtained, nor did it directly answer questions about the so-called vaccination passport.
Many conservatives oppose a vaccination passport, claiming it would interfere with personal freedom and private health decisions.
The idea of a vaccination passport is causing controversy in the United States, where some states, such as New York, have their own certificates.
In contrast, others like Florida or Texas refuse to implement it, considering that it would violate the fundamental rights of Americans.
This week, a congresswoman who was a supporter of former Republican President Donald Trump sparked controversy by comparing the vaccination passport to the yellow star, a symbol of the Nazi stigmatization of Jews.
In April, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that "there would be no federal requirement that will force everyone to get a single vaccination certificate."
The European Union, some Asian governments, and the Department of Air Transport are working to create vaccination passports to promote international travel.
They are trying to develop a system that allows passengers to use the application on their cell phones to prove that they have been vaccinated and thus avoid quarantine upon arrival.
The EU is preparing to launch a health certificate for June. Several countries in the bloc plan to create one at the national level.
In Brussels, it is said that overcoming vaccination certificates may be left to the discretion of each country. However, the idea is for passengers to show a QR code on their phone so that it can be scanned at airports or train stations. Each country's network will have access to a national database for accurate factual information.
However, the World Health Organization does not recommend the need for vaccination tests for international travel, despite advising on the creation of vaccine certificates, given the uneven distribution of vaccines.