The White House had previously promised that the immunization status of American citizens would not be tracked at the federal level
A US government agency in Washington, DC has said it will compile a list of those who refuse to be vaccinated against Covid-19 for religious reasons. The move goes against previous promises of the Biden administration.
The District of Columbia’s Pretrial Services Agency (PSA) announced plans to create what it called the “Information system on employee religious exception requests” in a notice Tuesday.
According to the agency, which helps DC officers formulate release recommendations and supervise defendants awaiting trial, the new system will store names and “Personal religious information” employees who deposit “Requests for religious accommodation for religious exemption from the vaccination requirement imposed by the federal government”.
The PSA did not specify the reasons for compiling such a list, nor how the personal data it contains would be used.
He only vaguely said that the system “Assist the Agency in the collection, storage, dissemination and disposal of employee religious exemption request information collected and maintained by the Agency.” “
PSA is a small local agency, but conservative media outlet Daly Signal has suggested that “Probably the Biden administration is using it to stealth test a policy it intends to roll out across government.”
There is no evidence to support this hypothesis. However, the White House had previously promised that it would not store data on the immunization status of Americans at the federal level.
In August, President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients assured in a briefing that “There will be no federal immunization database. As with all other vaccines, information is maintained at the national and local levels. “ Zients was responding to a question about how to deal with the increase in counterfeit jab cards, after more businesses and educational institutions across the United States began requiring proof of vaccination.
On Monday, the Biden administration’s vaccine or testing mandate for private employers went into effect although it is still being challenged in the United States Supreme Court.
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The White House, which previously asked millions of federal employees and contractors to be fully immunized, now requires those who work for companies with more than 100 employees receive two injections of a coronavirus vaccine or get tested at least once a week.
More than 60% of the population has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in the United States, which has become the most affected country in the world, with more than 63 million infections and more than 843,000 deaths linked to the virus.