Texas Gov. Abbott bans vaccine passports, joining Florida Gov. DeSantis
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (right) issued an executive order on Monday saying would prohibit the use “vaccine passports”.
Texas Tory Governor joins Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who previously issued a similar order.
Abbott argued that the use of “vaccine passports” would constitute an unacceptable violation of the rights of Texans.
Texans shouldn’t be required to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their day-to-day business.
I issued an executive order banning government-mandated vaccine passports in Texas.
Don’t step on our personal freedoms. pic.twitter.com/weTbz4FKyH
– Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 6, 2021
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Abbott joins Florida Governor DeSantis
In one press release published Tuesday, Abbott said,
“Every day, Texans are returning to normal life as more people receive the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. But, as I have always said, these vaccines are always voluntary and never forced. The government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily business.
That’s why I issued an executive order banning government-mandated vaccine passports in Texas. We will continue to vaccinate more Texans and protect public health – and we will do so without infringing on the personal freedoms of Texans.
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Governor Abbott is the latest Republican governor to ban the use of vaccine passports.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) also issued an executive order banning the use of COVID-19 documentation last week.
The decree signed by DeSantis reads in part, “Individual COVID-19 vaccination registers are private health information and should not be shared by a warrant. “
At a press conference on Monday, DeSantis went on to say, “It is totally unacceptable that the government or the private sector is forcing you to show proof of vaccine just to be able to participate in normal society.”
Abbott was criticized in early March for issuing an executive order that lifted the mask warrant, and allowed all businesses to open at full capacity on March 10.
Today, I issued a decree banning the use of so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports. The legislature is working to make these protections permanent for Floridians and I look forward to signing them soon. Read my EO here – https://t.co/6QwLsLWEWm
– Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 2, 2021
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More Republican governors say no to vaccine passports
In addition to Governor Abbott and Governor DeSantis, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has stated that he supports legislation banning vaccine passports.
“I support legislation banning any vaccine passport mandated by the government to protect the privacy of Tennesseans’ health information and ensure that this vaccine remains a voluntary and personal decision,” Lee said.
I am opposed to vaccine passports. The COVID-19 vaccine should be a personal health choice, not a government requirement.
– Governor Bill Lee (@GovBillLee) April 6, 2021
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves also stepped out against vaccine passports, saying, “I am not in favor of vaccine passports. I don’t think it’s necessary and I don’t think it’s a good thing to do in America.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson was also adamant opposite vaccination passports. “I am NOT in favor of a vaccine passport and I have no intention of putting one in the state of Missouri.”
I am NOT in favor of a vaccine passport and have no plans to post one in the state of Missouri.
– Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) April 5, 2021
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Are vaccine passports going to be adopted?
In a report from The Hill, Dr Anthony Fauci said on Monday that the federal government does not want mandate the documentation of vaccinations against COVID-19.
He added: “I doubt the federal government is the primary driver of a vaccine passport concept. They can help ensure that things are done fairly and equitably, but I doubt the federal government is leading the way.
The White House has in fact excluded any federal mandate on vaccine passports, saying it will let the private sector “take the lead.”
Many Americans have questioned whether a vaccine passport would violate laws prohibiting the release of personal health information, also known as HIPAA.
According to Lisa Proskin, managing attorney at Albany New York-based law firm Proskin, any application or paper documentation does not violate HIPAA laws because it is the person themselves who downloads the application or themselves searches for the. vaccination passport.
Proskin goes on to say, “I don’t think this falls under HIPAA. If the vaccine demanded something with the doctor and the doctors provided all of this information, it might be a little different. But as it stands, the person who does it, the person who downloads the passport, is the one who enters all the information. “
US government won’t issue so-called vaccine passports, though Biden administration plans to help companies develop credentials https://t.co/OMvlHspiiF
– Bloomberg Economics (@economics) April 6, 2021
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