NEW YORK (NewsNation Now) – In state capitals across the country, lawmakers are pushing forward legislation to ban COVID-19 vaccine passport requirements for businesses and schools.
Vaccination passports currently exist in one state – a limited government partnership in New York with a private company – but that hasn’t stopped GOP lawmakers in a handful of states, including Pennsylvania, from rushing to proposals. legislative to prohibit their use.
Republican lawmakers in Harrisburg oppose the idea and say they hope there won’t be a Pull in Pennsylvania.
The vaccination passport is proof that you were lucky enough to get on a plane, attend a concert, Hershey Park or a Phillies game.
At the end of March, the White House said it would not issue a federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination receipt, but would instead leave it to the private sector to take the lead in verifying COVID vaccines. -19 or so-called vaccine passports.
But experts say most bills will never become law and instead negatively affect public confidence in medical science.
“The idea of a state forcing people to take a vaccine that is still experimental, according to the makers of the vaccine, would be seen as a flagrant violation of the individual liberty of Hoosiers,” said state representative John Jacob (R -Ind.).
“The government should not require any Texan to have proof of vaccination,” said Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
It’s usually more about civil liberties than vaccine skepticism – but the end result, experts say, can be about the same. This is because the truth is often mixed with skepticism and conspiracy theories. The audience must determine which is which, based on the words and actions of those they have placed in a position of trust.
The result is visible across the country.
As New York rolled out the “Excelsior Pass,” a digital vaccine passport, Indiana lawmakers worked on a bill that includes a vaccine passport ban. It has gone by a wide margin, just as many Hoosier State health departments have seen a slight increase in no-shows for COVID-19 shots.
“And so, we have openings,” Kristen Kelley, of Indiana University Health, told NewsNation affiliate WXIN in Indianapolis. “More than I am comfortable.”
The ‘Colorado Vaccine Hunters’ group told NewsNation’s Denver affiliate KDVR that reliance on vaccines – regardless of the source – is leading some to skip second doses of their injections.
“I don’t know where they get the information,” Katrina Bellis said.
In Miami, a well-known private school said it would not employ anyone who has received the coronavirus vaccine, fearing the injections might not be safe. In a letter to parents, Centner Academy said it was a tough decision, outlining a policy based on a disproved conspiracy theory.
This has left many scientists shaking their heads but bowing to lawmakers who say they are engaged in a fight for privacy and personal freedom.
Legislation against compulsory vaccination is currently advanced in more than 40 states.