In a tweet, Governor Brian Kemp made it clear where he stands on a state-mandated vaccine passport. He does not support the idea.
What exactly is a vaccine passport?
Officials said it could be a digital document that will show you have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
In the Tuesday afternoon tweet, Governor Kemp said: “I do not and will not support any kind of state-mandated vaccine passport.”
Also, Governor Kemp reiterated his belief in the safety of the vaccine, “While the development of multiple safe, highly effective COVID-19 vaccines has been a scientific miracle, the decision to receive the vaccine should be left up to each individual.”
I do not and will not support any kind of state-mandated vaccine passport. While the development of multiple safe, highly effective COVID-19 vaccines has been a scientific miracle, the decision to receive the vaccine should be left up to each individual.
— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) April 6, 2021
This comes as Mississippi’s Governor Tate Reeves said on CNN that he also did not support the idea of a vaccine passport. Governor Reeves told CNN on Sunday, “I don’t support vaccine passports. I don’t think it’s necessary and I don’t think it’s a good thing to do in America.”
On Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order banning the use of COVID-19 passports in the Florida. The order not only stops any state government entities from issuing vaccine passports, but it also blocks businesses from requiring a vaccine passport.
Last week, The American Civil Liberties Union said plans to roll out a standardized vaccine passport must account for social inequalities and privacy rights. According to the ACLU, anything short is a “nonstarter.