GOP Arizona Gov. Ducey bans local governments from requiring vaccine passports

A number of GOP governors have already weighed in on the controversial issue of public and private entities requiring so-called vaccine mandates.

Now, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has enacted an executive order banning COVID-19 vaccine mandates for state or local public workers.

“Safe, effective, and free”

His action came in response to an order passed by Democratic leaders in Tucson that required city staff to get the shot or risk an unpaid suspension.

That city’s mayor signaled a plan to ignore Ducey’s order, calling it “legally meaningless” despite legislation passed in June and effective in September that banned governments from requiring proof of vaccination with the exception of healthcare workers.

Some major Democratic-led cities have begun prohibiting unvaccinated individuals from entering restaurants and other indoor areas, prompting Ducey and other Republicans to stand up against the perceived discrimination.

Nevertheless, the Arizona governor encouraged everyone in his state “to get the vaccine,” which he called “safe, effective, and free” while still maintaining that receiving it should remain a voluntary act.

“But getting it is a personal choice, and we will not allow discrimination based on vaccination status,” he said. “Today’s order builds on our efforts to protect Arizonans from excessive mandates that hinder their freedom to choose what’s best for their health.”

“The power to say no”

The battle over vaccine passports dates back to April when GOP officials in some states began preemptively banning such mandates.

Ducey’s order targets the type of government mandates seen in New York, though it includes what could be important caveats for unvaccinated Arizonans.

Many private companies have begun forcing employees to receive a vaccination in order to continue working, and such individuals could be left with few legal options.

Some Republicans have sought to ban mandates by private businesses, though many in the party have shown little appetite for such action. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem argued that workers “have the power to say no” to such requirements by quitting their jobs.

Further frustrating those Americans who opted against receiving the jab, top White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci has warned that a full Food and Drug Administration approval of the vaccine will usher in a “flood” of mandates making life increasingly difficult for the unvaccinated.

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