Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp voiced his disapproval for CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus vaccine passports, being the latest governor voicing their stance against the controversial proposal.
“I do not and will not support any kind of state-mandated vaccine passport,” wrote Kemp on Twitter. “While the development of multiple safe, highly effective COVID-19 vaccines has been a scientific miracle, the decision to receive the vaccine should be left up to each individual.”
Other Republican governors have recently expressed their concern over the ethics of introducing vaccine passport measures. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat, has also said she has “no interest in vaccine passports” and that her state “will not be issuing those under my authority.”
Early on Tuesday morning, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Twitter that he issued an executive order banning vaccine passport mandates by the government.
“Texans shouldn’t be required to show proof of vaccination & reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives,” he wrote. “I issued an Executive Order that prohibits government-mandated vaccine passports in Texas. Don’t tread on our personal freedoms.”
Missouri’s Republican Gov. Mike Parson also articulated his disapproval for the idea in an appearance in Fox&Friends.
“We’re never gonna do that in the state of Missouri. We’re never gonna have a mandate, a vaccine passport in this state. If people want to carry a card that’s fine. That’s called freedom, it’s called individual rights. But it’s not government’s place to do that,” he said.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a press conference on March 29 that he will take emergency executive action against the concept of Americans needing a vaccine passport to be able to travel.
“We’re not supportive of that. I think it’s something that people have certain freedoms and individual liberties to make decisions for themselves,” DeSantis said. “It’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society.”
New York on March 26 became the first state to introduce an application that can be used as a COVID-19 vaccine passport.