As the debate over vaccine passports rages on, one Republican governor has taken matters into his own hands.
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has announced that his state is officially banning the use of vaccine passports, the latest state to push back after debate over a vaccine passport mandate.
The governors’ office said the directive “prevents state agencies, boards and commissions from requiring ‘vaccine passports’ to access state spaces and state services” and orders “state agencies, boards, and commissions to provide full access to state spaces and state services, regardless of a constituent’s COVID-19 vaccination status.”
Vaccine passports would track whether residents had received a vaccine and could be required to travel or attend public areas like sporting events, concerts and more.
“Vaccine passport programs have the potential to politicize a decision that should not be politicized,” Gordon said. “They would divide our citizens at a time when unity in fighting the virus is essential, and harm those who are medically unable to receive the vaccine. While I strongly encourage Wyomingites over the age of 16 to get vaccinated against COVID-19, it is a personal choice based upon personal circumstances.”
The governor’s office said that over 180,000 Wyoming residents have taken the vaccine, including the governor and his wife, adding that the governor, “continues to urge residents to choose to receive the vaccine to protect lives and help Wyoming move closer to ending the pandemic.”
Several other states have announced bans or restrictions on vaccine passports. Other nations, though, have embraced them. While many Americans may not need vaccine passports anytime soon, they may need them to travel overseas as other nations develop their own requirements.
“…I have serious concerns that a mandated vaccine passport program has the potential to politicize a decision that should not be politicized, would serve as a method to divide our citizens at a time when unity fighting the disease is essential, and would serve to harm those who are medically unable to receive the vaccine,” the governor’s directive reads.