Michigan state House passes vaccine passport ban


A man gets his COVID-19 vaccine at the clinic at DeVos Place Convention Center in downtown Grand Rapids on Jan. 25, 2021. (Courtesy Spectrum Health Beat/Chris Clark)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans and some Democrats in the Michigan House have passed a bill that would ban government-required COVID-19 vaccine passports, even though they do not exist and no legislative effort is being made to utilize them.

The bills wording says it would ban vaccine passports or any other system where individuals’ civil rights are diminished by their COVID-19 vaccination status.

The measure must first be approved by the Senate and signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Whitmer spokesman Bobby Leddy says that instead of collaborating on methods to promote vaccines and save lives, Republicans are wasting time trying to ban something that doesn’t exist.

Supporters of the bill say they are concerned that one day the governor may consider vaccine mandates.

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