Georgia governor Brian Kemp signed an govt order Tuesday banning the state authorities from requiring COVID vaccine passports or helping personal institutions that search to mandate them, the governor’s workplace mentioned.
“At this time’s govt order makes clear that vaccine passports won’t be utilized in state authorities,” the Republican governor mentioned in a written assertion.
The chief order, titled “Prohibition of Covid-19 Vaccine Passports,” stipulates that people won’t want to indicate proof of vaccination by way of a passport to enter the state of Georgia. It additionally specifies that employers within the state shouldn’t have totally different insurance policies for workers contingent on vaccination standing, resembling figuring out badges.
Kemp is one in all a lot of Republican governors, resembling Florida governor Ron DeSantis and South Dakota governor Kristi Noem, to outlaw COVID passports of their states over medical-privacy issues for the person because the Biden administration encourages mass vaccination amongst most age teams. Kemp’s motion got here within the type of an govt order whereas DeSantis’ model for Florida handed within the state legislature and was enacted into regulation.
In New York, nonetheless, the vaccine passport is gaining traction and already being distributed to residents.
“Whereas I proceed to induce all Georgians to get vaccinated so we proceed our momentum in placing the COVID-19 pandemic within the rearview, vaccination is a private choice between every citizen and a medical skilled — not state authorities. This order additionally clearly states that knowledge held by the Georgia Division of Public Well being and their immunization system won’t be utilized by any public or personal entity for a vaccine passport program,” Kemp mentioned within the assertion.
In a tweet in April, the governor expressed his opinion that inoculation ought to stay a private selection for Georgia residents unbiased of presidency interference.
“I don’t and won’t help any type of state-mandated vaccine passport. Whereas the event of a number of secure, extremely efficient COVID-19 vaccines has been a scientific miracle, the choice to obtain the vaccine must be left as much as every particular person,” Kemp mentioned.