Could QR codes replace physical vaccination cards?

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A COVID-19 vaccination record card. (David J. Phillip/AP)
A COVID-19 vaccination record card. (David J. Phillip/AP)

This is the Radio Boston rundown for December 2. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

    • QR codes, or "quick response" digital barcodes that you can use on your cell phone, might be used to show vaccination status soon here in the commonwealth. While Governor Baker said that this wouldn't be required, we find out what businesses think about it. We speak with WBUR Business Reporter Yasmin Amer and Jim Rooney, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.
    • Recreational marijuana shops have faced what some feel is a difficult choice in setting up their business: what to do about community impact fees. The money is supposed to be used for some of the negative impacts of having the businesses in a city or town, like increased traffic, for example. But some business owners are skeptical about how the fees are administered and how the money's being used. We talk to Shaleen Title, former commissioner for the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission and a drug police lawyer at the Drug Enforcement and Policy and Policy Center at Ohio State.
    • Tonight is the fifth night of Hanukkah. It's a celebration of light in darkness. It's also one of many traditions that people in both faith and secular communities celebrate this time of year. We were so hopeful that this year, this holiday season, things would be different. Or, maybe, that they wouldn't be — that we'd be back to normal. But we continue to live in the exception as the pandemic appears to be entering a new phase. So, where do we find light in the darkness this year? We speak to Rabbi Claudia Kreiman of the Temple Beth Zion synagogue in Brookline.

This program aired on December 2, 2021.


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