As we begin the new year, I want to encourage everyone to contact the White House and encourage the administration to advocate for a national vaccination status program that can be adopted at the state, local, and even institutional level.
The omicron variant underscores the need for a secure and reliable system managed at the federal level that organizations and local governments can opt into. It needs to be user friendly and function as both a stand-alone verification solution and a platform performing arts venues can integrate into existing ticketing systems similar to the way TSA PreCheck currently functions.
Please feel free to use the following letter as-is or as a template to modify as you see fit.
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Biden,
On the occasion of the second year of your first term, I hope you will consider supporting a secure and reliable national vaccination status program similar to what currently exists with the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck program and state-based solutions such as New York’s Excelsior Pass.
Establishing a national program that allows states, cities, and individual organizations and venues to opt-in when they decide to enact verifiable vaccination status to attend concert events is a crucial step toward regaining public trust as existing mitigation efforts continue to produce positive results.
Shifting this burden to individual arts and culture organizations is more than most can bear. As a result, they are compelled to make unnecessarily problematic decisions to artificially prolong closures or divert limited resources to creating inefficient verification procedures.
There will undoubtedly be resistance, but the rewards far outweigh the risks. To that end, the arts and culture sector needs your administration to encourage progress and lead the way into a new model capable of handling not only the COVID-19 pandemic but any similar public health epidemic we may face.