Discussions about vaccine passports continue to dominate national conversations.
In some places in America, such as New York, vaccine passports are already in effect. Meanwhile, Democrats continue to support vaccine passport programs while Republicans take the opposite approach.
Conservative leaders, governors, and voters have come out in droves against vaccine passports; figures on the right maintain that vaccine passports will only pave the way to social control, HIPPA breaches, violations of individual liberties, and more.
At this time, a growing number of Republican governors are vowing action against vaccine passports. Earlier this week, Iowa GOP Governor Kim Reynolds confirmed that she won’t stand for vaccine passports in her state.
Executive or legislative action against vaccine passports
Days ago, Iowa Republican Governor Kim Reynolds came out against vaccine passports. She explained that while she is fully supportive of Americans getting immunized against COVID-19, the decision to receive the vaccine or not is a personal one. The Iowa governor then confirmed that she will take executive or legislative action to prohibit vaccine passports.
Governor Reynolds’ decision mirrors that of other Republican governors. Thus far, governors in Florida, Idaho, and Texas have banned vaccine passports; however, Florida is the only state working to codify the governor’s ban of vaccine passports into law via the state legislature.
Other Republican governors in the states of Tennessee, Georgia, South Dakota, Nebraska, etc., have stated that they do not support mandatory vaccine passports. A growing number of conservative voters are urging Republican governors to take executive or legislative action to ban vaccine passport programs in their respective states.
Time will tell whether or not these GOP leaders oblige.
The Biden administration on vaccine passports
The Biden White House this month has claimed that they are not supportive of a federal program mandating vaccine passports; however, by the same token, the Biden administration is also working with private sector entities who aim to establish vaccine passport programs. This, in and of itself, is concerning to many Americans.
Conservatives ultimately believe that the decision to receive immunization against COVID-19 is a personal decision. Therefore, the viewpoint is that neither the government, nor the private sector, should make Americans get the vaccine.
At this point, the conversations about vaccine passports in America aren’t even close to finished.