Republican governors cry foul over talk of vaccine passports: ‘We are never going to do that’

A number of Republican state governors are saying no to vaccine passports as the idea gains traction among their counterparts on the other side of the political aisle.

According to The Hill, President Joe Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki said this week that the government would not be rolling out a federal vaccine database, but the White House left the door open to private industries utilizing the so-called vaccine passports and has promised to issue “guidance” on the subject of patient privacy with regard to COVID-19 inoculations.

Individual freedom and patient privacy

It all has governors like Florida’s Ron DeSantis (R) crying foul. According to Breitbart, DeSantis has been, “perhaps, the most vocal in his opposition” to the idea of vaccine passports, which could end in Americans being required to show proof they were vaccinated against the coronavirus before traveling or attending business and recreational events.

In an executive order issued last week, DeSantis said such vaccination certificates would “reduce individual freedom and will harm patient privacy,” as Breitbart reported separately.

“[N]o Florida government entity, or its subdivisions, agents, or assigns, shall be permitted to issue vaccine passports, vaccine passes, or other standardized documentation for the purpose of certifying an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status to a third party, or otherwise publish or share individuals’ COVID-19 vaccination record or similar health information,” the order reads.

It also reportedly bars businesses from requiring vaccine passports of their patrons.

DeSantis said in a tweet last Friday that the state legislature was working toward “making permanent these protections for Floridians,” writing: “I look forward to signing them into law soon.”

“We are never going to do that”

Of course, DeSantis isn’t the only GOP governor to speak out against mandatory vaccine passports. Also issuing an executive order prohibiting government use of the documents was Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), who said upon signing his order Tuesday that “vaccines are always voluntary and never forced.”

“Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives,” Abbott said, according to Breitbart.

Later Tuesday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) declared that also would not support vaccine passports. “I do not and will not support any kind of state-mandated vaccine passport,” he wrote in a tweet.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) and Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) have also come out against the practice, as Breitbart notes. “We are never going to do that in the state of Missouri,” Parson promised during a Wednesday interview on Fox & Friends. “We are never going to have a mandate, a passport, a vaccine passport in this state.”

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  1. We all know where this is headed and its bad.Its all about getting all your data and is a violation against your civil rights.This govt.is out of control and needs to be reigned back in.This is not China and we are not marxists.Does anyone make you show proof you’ve had a flu shot? Of coarse not its your choice.Your body your choice remember.

    1. Judy Petitto, I agree absolutely that we have had enough government trying to take away our rights as United States Citizens. We have got to start putting our foot down about the way our government is trying to become a communist country. For God sakes, are the American people that stupid, that they would allow a government to dictate everything to the American people? What a kick in the face to those who are fighting for our freedom overseas now and in the past. I am ashamed that the United States Government are trying to control us like a communist country. Let’s get these so called politicians that do not believe in our freedom, out of their seat in the government and start voting in those who believe in our freedom!!!

  2. Why not us ankle bracelet to track us we know the truth about our communist government that started with a stolen election and everything now is about control and tracking it’s a purge of conservatives and we’re not falling for it so we’ll keep our guns 2nd amendment constitution read it fool an keep of my property

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  4. The democrats are really wanting a war in this country and if their not real careful their going to get what they are wanting to start.

  5. This administration is hell bent on destroying this country so they can bring in their one world government or their reset as they call it…. this is a VERY SICK EVIL administration and if they are not real careful they could have a BIG REVOLT ON THEIR HANDS.

  6. To all of you who voted Democrat, you have handed the reins to a totally corrupt current Government. Their intent is to turn America into a Communist Country by taking everyone of your freedoms away. Biden is funding millions of dollars everyday to all of the illegals coming into the U.S., while not supporting the millions of American citizens who are sleeping in the streets and in tents. Don’t you think American citizens should be taken care of first?

  7. This is the plot to control every person and their movements. This is Communism wrapped up in Nazi Gift Wrap. Next thing they will do is, sent up Military Check Points all over America and, you will have to have the government approval to travel out of your area. This just the same plan Hitler used in Nazi Germany.

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