A Republican-backed bill that should ban COVID-19 vaccine passports in Pennsylvania and restrict the powers of the state secretary of health in a public health emergency failed after being vetoed by Governor Tom Wolf.
Bill sponsors argue Vaccine passportTo verify a person’s COVID-19 vaccination status is a form of excessive government intervention and stigmatizes those who have not been vaccinated.
Before the bill passed in the state legislature, Wolf said he would Veto it, Specifically cited an amendment to the bill that restricts the Minister of Health from imposing social distancing, wearing masks, or travel restrictions.
The veto does not mean that the state will establish a vaccine passport system.Instead, it allows private entities to request vaccination certificates for attendance or service to limit the spread of COVID-19. The Associated Press Report.
The state currently does not intend to create a government-issued vaccine passport, but will allow the state’s businesses, universities and establishments the right to do so.
The vetoed bill would prohibit any colleges and universities receiving state funding from requesting proof of vaccination for attendance, access to buildings, and participation in activities. It can also prevent state and local governments from requiring vaccination status checks in their buildings or including them on ID cards.
Wolff stated in his veto statement that the bill is contradictory, misleading and irresponsible.
Wolfe said: “Short-sighted legislation that binds the hands of people committed to public health will only make infectious diseases more difficult to fight.”
Since the COVID-19 vaccine is widely available, the ethical issues of vaccine passports have been a topic of debate. Eric Feldman, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania We weighed the legality of these and stated that the 1905 Supreme Court case Jacobson v. Massachusetts allowed the punishment of a Swedish-American pastor who boycotted the smallpox vaccine.
The official is Florida and Texas Legislation is passed to prohibit companies from requiring people to provide general vaccination certificates.
new York It is the first state in the country to create the Excelsior Pass, a digital health certificate that can verify a person’s vaccination status or a recent negative COVID-19 test.