The Michigan House on Wednesday approved legislation from state Rep. Sue Allor to protect people’s individual liberties by banning the use of government-issuing COVID-19 vaccine passports.
House Bill 4667 prohibits government entities in Michigan from issuing, producing or requiring a vaccine passport. The plan would prevent government entities in Michigan from producing, distributing, or requiring documentation which verifies an individual has been immunized against coronavirus and limits individual civil and political rights, privileges and capacities. The bill would also prevent government from issuing fines, feels or penalties based on vaccination status.
“The threat of government controlling one’s daily life through identification of whether one is immunized or not is frightening,” said Allor, of Wolverine. “It is not something that we as United States citizens or Michigan citizens, should ever consider as acceptable.”
The bill is specifically tailored to not outlaw standard vaccination cards that are provided when receiving the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, but a separate passport derived through and backed by governmental entities. It defines a vaccination passport as a document or system which diminishes or enlarges a person’s civil privileges.
Hawaii recently became the second U.S. state to implement a vaccine verification system. New York had previously established its Excelsior Pass, which was developed in collaboration with IBM.
When speaking on the legislation before the full House, Allor noted that seven other states have passed laws similar to hers. Nine have banned vaccination passports by executive order, and one other tied the ban to their budget.
“It concerns me that two classes of citizens could be created by a governmental order – all based on a personal choice,” Allor said. “This would impact areas with lower vaccine rates and make it more difficult for them to emerge in a strong fashion as orders continue to be lifted.”
Almost 4.8 million Michigan residents over the age of 16 – nearly 60 percent of the state’s population – have received at least one dose of vaccine as of Tuesday, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services.
HB 4667 has been referred to the Senate for further consideration.
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