Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is calling for a system people can use to provide proof that they have been vaccinated for COVID-19, suggesting something “like a bar code they can download to their phone” would make it easier to safely congregate.
Yang, whose campaign for the White House was based on a platform calling for universal basic income, tweeted Friday, “Is there a way for someone to easily show that they have been vaccinated – like a bar code they can download to their phone? There ought to be.”
He argued, “Tough to have mass gatherings like concerts or ballgames without either mass adoption of the vaccine or a means of signaling.”
The businessman went on to say, “I’ve been tested at a photo shoot or interview and gotten a bracelet showing I was negative. Then we could interact more freely.”
Yang was blasted for the suggestion on Twitter, with many likening his idea to the way Jewish people were labeled in Nazi Germany.
Conservative podcaster Stephen Miller replied, “Might want to rethink this one before running for mayor of the city with the largest concentration of Jewish population in the country,” referring to reports that Yang may run for mayor of New York City.