A group of House Republicans who are against the forcing of Americans to use and carry vaccine passports to prove that they have been inoculated against COVID-19 has proposed a new bill to ban the federal government from demanding such documentation.
“I am profoundly disturbed that the Biden Administration would even consider imposing vaccine passports on the American people,” Representative Andy Biggs from Arizona stated in a release this past Thursday. “My private healthcare decisions—and yours—are nobody else’s business. Vaccine passports will not help our nation recover from COVID-19; instead, they will simply impose more Big Brother surveillance on our society.”
Some states have taken initiative and have already begun the process to block the passports while others are beginning to mandate the new passports.
“I especially applaud Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for being an early leader against vaccine passports at the state level. My No Vaccine Passports Act builds on his efforts and will further protect Americans’ privacy rights and fundamental freedoms,” Biggs stated.
The new “No Vaccine Passport Act” would “prevent federal agencies from issuing any standardized documentation that could be used to certify a U.S. citizen’s COVID-19 status to a third party, such as a restaurant or an airline. Additionally, this bill prohibits proof of COVID-19 vaccination from being a requirement for access to federal or congressional property and services.”
So far the new House bill has 18 republican backs and co-sponsors: Reps. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Greg Steube of Florida, Warren Davidson of Ohio, Ben Cline of Virginia, Yvette Herrell of New Mexico, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Russ Fulcher of Idaho, Chip Roy of Texas, Mary Miller of Illinois, Bill Posey of Florida, Ralph Norman of South Carolina, Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Ted Budd of North Carolina, Randy Weber of Texas, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, and Jody Hice of Georgia.
“An agency may not issue a vaccine passport, vaccine pass or other standardized documentation for the purpose of certifying the COVID-19 vaccination status of a citizen of the United States to a third party, or otherwise publish or share any COVID-19 vaccination record of a citizen of the United States or similar health information,” states one of the provisions of the newly proposed bill. “Proof of COVID-19 vaccination shall not be deemed a requirement for access to Federal property or Federal services, or for access to congressional grounds or services.”
This new bill would block a federal mandate for these vaccine passports, but individual states can still mandate them. However, some states have already begun the process to ban the documents themselves. As of now, the states that have made steps to ban the vaccine passports are Florida, Texas, Utah, and Idaho.