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Smart Talk: Vaccine passports raise privacy concerns

In this undated photo, provided by NY Governor's Press Office on Saturday March 27, 2021, is the new

NY Governor's Press Office / AP Photo

In this undated photo, provided by NY Governor's Press Office on Saturday March 27, 2021, is the new "Excelsior Pass" app, a digital pass that people can download to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

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Airdate: Wednesday, April 14, 2021

If you travel to a European country in the near future, you’ll have to prove that you’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19. Airlines and cruise ships may do the same. Several professional sports teams want proof of testing or a vaccination before allowing fans into their stadiums or arenas.

Will that card those vaccinated receive showing that the holder has gotten his or her shots act as a vaccine passport and be required before being admitted to some places, businesses or events?

It has raised privacy issues for some.

On Wednesday’s Smart Talk, we discuss vaccine passports and privacy with Michael L. Seavers, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Healthcare Informatics, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and Erik Hefti, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.

Domestic violence rates on the rise and insight for prevention

There are reports from across the country and even around the world that incidents of domestic violence have increased during the coronavirus pandemic.

During the last year, more couples and families have been at home together – many that have lost jobs or income or have turned to alcohol or drugs.

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence is on a campaign to prevent domestic violence rather than just make the public aware of it.

PCADV Director of Prevention Kristen Herman joins us on Wednesday’s Smart Talk to talk about the messages.

Read the organization’s latest report.

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National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

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