Idaho became the fourth state to ban requiring proof of vaccination before residents can use certain public services or goods Wednesday.
GOP Gov. Brad Little signed an executive order prohibiting so-called “vaccine passport” laws, following the leads of Florida, Texas, and Utah. Little’s order also comes after the state of New York began pushing an app for people to prove their vaccination status in February.
“Idahoans should be given the choice to receive the vaccine. We should not violate Idahoans’ personal freedoms by requiring them to receive it,” Little said in a statement. “Vaccine passports create different classes of citizens. Vaccine passports restrict the free flow of commerce during a time when life and the economy are returning to normal. Vaccine passports threaten individual freedom and patient privacy.”
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“I have serious concerns that implementing COVID-19 vaccine passports will violate Idahoans’ medial privacy rights, prejudice those unable to receive the vaccine, slow our economic recovery, cause division among our populace and, ultimately, be