COVID Passports Banned in Texas

COVID Passports Banned in Texas

( – The Supreme Court has upheld the right to privacy while making medical decisions. Yet, businesses and local governments are discussing creating a COVID vaccine passport, a method of documenting a person’s vaccination against the coronavirus. Fortunately, there’s a lot of pushback about the idea — most recently in Texas.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed an executive order banning the practice on Monday, April 5. As he noted in his announcement, “vaccines are always voluntary,” and the government shouldn’t require anyone to “reveal private health information.”

His announcement followed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s lead. He issued a similar executive order on April 2 banning vaccine passports. The World Health Organization rejected their use months ago, and even the Biden administration spoke out against the idea of a government-issued COVID passport on April 6.

The bottom line is clear: The requirement to carry a COVID passport crosses the line and sets us on a slippery slope toward other identification requirements. What’s next, a passport confirming religious or political affiliation?

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