by Guy Page
A resolution to ban vaccination passports will be presented at the quarterly meeting of the Vermont Republican Party Saturday morning beginning at 10 AM at Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier.
The resolution is proposed by former State Senator Wendy Wilton of Rutland.
The resolution offers the following explanation:
“Development of a vaccine “passport” has been discussed by federal and state lawmakers with some states passing legislation to oppose such identifications. The Vermont legislature has included language to allow for a registry in a recent version of the funding bill which will conclude the session in 2021, while two bills have been introduced to oppose such registries or identification, H.283 and H.452, but have not been taken up.
“Even if the federal or state governments do not develop such an identification mechanism, such an identifier may be required by non-government entities, such as businesses or schools, based on law or by guidance provided by government entities, which should also be opposed as a civil rights concern.“
At a late June meeting of the Legislative Advisory Committee, Sen. Alison Clarkson (D-Windsor) suggested wearing a bar-coded vaccine passport as a condition for entering the Vermont State House next January. The Committee reportedly has since decided against vaccine passports, but may require unvaccinated people to wear masks.
At present, visitors to the State House who inquire about Covid protocols are asked their vaccination status, and are “requested” to wear masks if not vaccinated.
Virtually all Vermont colleges and universities have said they will require student vaccination when the FDA gives final approval for a Covid-19 vaccine.
As for public schools, Gov. Phil Scott has said he doesn’t see “a path forward” for mandatory vaccination. The National Education Association declined last week to recommend compulsory vaccination.
Gov. Scott has said employers are free to require vaccination for employees.
Also at Saturday’smeeting, Tommy Hicks, vice-chairman of the Republican National Committee, will speak. The location of Hicks’ speech was listed inaccurately in yesterday’s edition of Vermont Daily.