vaccine passports

A COVID-19 vaccination card is displayed at the Banning Recreation Center Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in Wilmington, Calif. The site switched from its original plan to use the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 to the Pfizer vaccine. California's pause on using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as federal agencies examine a possible and rare side effect is unlikely to affect vaccination efforts in the nation's most populous state as it moves to start inoculating people 16 and older this week. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

GOP mounts fight against ‘COVID-19 passports’

Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) is one of many Republicans opposed to the idea of a vaccine passport. He and other like minded people have called it a government overreach and think Americans have the right to decide for themselves if they want a vaccine.

Ariz. aims to ban vaccine passports

As the Biden administration pushes measures surrounding vaccines, Arizona is among the states protecting the privacy rights of its citizens. State Rep. Bret Roberts (R) said vaccine passports go too far as the Arizona legislature considers measures to block the passports. One America’s Christina Bobb has more from Washington.

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2021, file photo, a man receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination site in Las Vegas. Casino owner MGM Resorts International is bringing the coronavirus vaccine to its Las Vegas Strip employees, with the opening of an inoculation clinic at the Mandalay Bay resort convention center. Easing vaccine availability for perhaps thousands of hotel and hospitality workers comes with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas setting a July 1 date to return to in-person activities and city workers responding to the lifting of sports restrictions by installing basketball hoops again at city parks. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Hotels see highest occupancy levels since March 2020

Increasing vaccination rates and warmer weather are leading to increased travel, which is providing a much needed boost to hotel profits. The CEO of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Geoff Ballotti, reported on Thursday that the hotel chains under his watch have been hitting 85 percent of the pre-pandemic numbers over the last two weeks.