Orange County officials vow no vaccine mandates

Supervisors were discussing adding $3.8 million to their contract with Composite Apps Inc., the developer of the Othena app, to provide a variety of new services, including digital proof of an inoculation at a county-run site, Kim said. Andrew Noymer, a UC Irvine [associate] professor of population health and disease prevention, said that makes sense. “Americans, by and large, chafe at the idea of showing papers,” Noymer said. “We kind of recoil at this, so it’s smart to not use the word `passport,’ but at the same time some of the same people who chafe at the idea of passports want this verification so it’s a smart move on their part.”