by Jennifer Stella
Last Friday, Governor DeSantis of Florida prohibited government agencies from issuing “vaccine passports … or other standardized documentation for the purpose of certifying an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status to a third party.” DeSantis argues that vaccination records are private information that individuals should not be forced into sharing, which would reduce their personal freedoms.
This week, Governor Abbott of Texas followed suit, also signing an executive order to ban government-required “vaccine passports.” In a video announcement, Abbott said that vaccination efforts should be done “without treading on Texans’ personal freedoms….Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives.”
Governor Little of Idaho has also signed an Executive Order banning vaccine passports from all governmental entities. “Idahoans should be given the choice to receive the vaccine. We should not violate Idahoans’ personal freedoms by requiring them to receive it,” Little said. “Vaccine passports create different classes of citizens,” Little said. “Vaccine passports restrict the free flow of commerce during a time when life and the economy are returning to normal. Vaccine passports threaten individual freedom and patient privacy.”
And, Governor Reynolds of Iowa said at a news conference Wednesday that Iowa should “take a stand” against allowing vaccine passports to be required for travel or to enter venues.
Also this week, Margaret Harris – a spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO) – said that the WHO also does not support vaccine passports, because “we are not certain at this stage that the vaccine prevents transmission.” They also cite equity concerns.
Meanwhile, here in Vermont, discrimination is being encouraged. Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has announced that vaccinated persons shall be free to travel in/out of Vermont, without government quarantine restrictions. He has also elaborated on how un-vaccinated persons should be treated differently, and how vaccinated persons do not need to be tested, or quarantine.
No vaccine for COVID19 is FDA approved, yet people in Vermont are being pushed hard to join the experiment (even kids are being told by schools to take the shot “when it’s your turn”). Tragically, we are now witnessing full-on medical coercion.
The author is co-director of Health Choice Vermont.