Alabama Governor Signs Bill Outlawing Vaccine Passports

Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed legislation on Monday banning the use of vaccine passports in Alabama.

The passage of SB 267 means that neither government entities nor private businesses may require people to provide proof of their vaccination status against COVID-19 in order to be served. The new law also prohibits government entities in the state from issuing such documentation.

“Since the development of the COVID-19 vaccine, both [state health officer] Dr. Harris and I have said that we would not mandate vaccines in the state of Alabama,” Ivey said in a statement. “I am supportive of a voluntary vaccine and by signing this bill into law, I am only further solidifying that conviction.”

Ivey further encouraged Alabamians to get the vaccine, saying she did so and is “glad for the peace of mind it brings.”

Alabama joins a list of other states that have instituted similar bans on coronavirus vaccine credentials, including Florida, Wyoming, and South Dakota.

On Friday, the Biden administration said it will not verify whether those permitted to the White House’s executive mansion have been vaccinated and insisted previously that the administration would not push a vaccine passport regime.

As of Tuesday, 61.5% of adults have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, while 39.3% of the total population is fully vaccinated.

Author: Jeremy Beaman

Source: Washington Examiner: Alabama governor signs bill outlawing vaccine passports

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