Texas Bans Use of Vaccine Passports

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The coronavirus pandemic has prompted new discussions about the appropriate role of government.

Some people believe that the government should enact and enforce tight restrictions in the name of supposed health and safety. Other Americans are able to see that giving up your rights to the government does not engender health or safety, but rather control and slavery. 

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Right now, the political left and right are debating vaccine passports.

A fair amount of left-wingers have no issues with the private sector and government requiring Americans to obtain and show vaccine passports to engage in normal society. Right-wingers, on the other hand, take issue with the privacy violations and breach of personal freedoms that vaccine passports would entail. 

Florida has already issued a statewide ban against vaccine passports. On Tuesday, Texas followed suit, according to Breitbart News

No Vaccine Passports in Texas

In a video statement yesterday morning, Texas GOP Governor Greg Abbott announced his executive order banning vaccine passports. Abbott explained that as Texans get back to normal life, coronavirus vaccines are voluntary and will remain as such. 

After this preface, Abbott explained that the government shouldn’t have the power to demand sensitive health details or proof of immunization against COVID-19 just to live normal lives. The Texas governor then announced that his executive order prohibits “government-mandated vaccine passports” in the Lone Star State. 

This executive order means that private and public entities in Texas that receive public funds may not require vaccine passports as a condition for service. 

Republican Governors Against Vaccine Passports

Thus far, the Republican governors of Florida and Texas are the first to implement executive orders banning vaccine passports. 

South Dakota GOP Governor Kristi Noem has also opposed vaccine passports; then, on Tuesday morning, Tennessee Republican Governor Bill Lee announced his own opposition against vaccine passports. The GOP governor also explained that he will back legislation that prohibits the government from mandating vaccine passports. 

Based on the current trajectory, it is likely that more Republican governors will come out against mandatory vaccine passports. Meanwhile, Democrat governors in blue states will likely embrace these measures under the guise of safety and public health. 

Are you glad that Texas has banned the use of vaccine passports in the state? Do you believe other Republican governors will sign executive orders to disallow vaccine passports? Let us know in the comments section below.