Fox News reports that Ohio Republicans are looking to “preemptively ban” so-called vaccine passports.
Such documents would indicate whether one has received a vaccine for COVID-19. The idea has seemed to be gaining traction in some parts of the country as concern remains over the coronavirus and its spread.
Putting a stop to this
According to Fox News, two Ohio state legislators — Republican Reps. Al Cutrona and Mike Loychik — are looking to introduce a piece of legislation that will ban the vaccine passports in their state outright.
“I want to make sure that we put a stop on this from the government,” Cutrona said, according to Fox. “It’s a false sense of security, a false sense of normalcy, and frankly, I think it’s a very slippery slope that we’re heading down.”
The two congressmen are primarily arguing that vaccine passports would be a violation of their constituents’ right to privacy.
Loychik, accordingly, framed the bill as a step “to protect people’s rights.”
In Ohio, we’re taking steps to protect people’s rights.
The last thing we should do is follow Andrew Cuomo and New York’s example by implementing vaccine passports.
Proud to support @AlCutrona‘s legislation to keep vaccine passports out of Ohio!
— Representative Mike Loychik (@MikeLoychik) March 30, 2021
“Live your life normally”
Loychik also indicated in his statement that “the last thing” his state “should do is follow” the lead of Democrat New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose state will reportedly be the first to launch a vaccine passport program.
The program, which is being called the “Excelsior Pass,” was recently described by USA Today as similar to “an airline boarding pass,” wherein “people will be able to prove their health status with a digital QR code — or ‘quick response’ machine-readable label.”
Cuomo released a statement claiming that the “Excelsior Pass” is “critical” to returning life back to normal in New York.
“The Excelsior Pass will play a critical role in getting information to venues and sites in a secure and streamlined way, allowing us to fast-track the reopening of these businesses and getting us one step closer to reaching a new normal,” the governor said, according to Breitbart.
Also taking steps to prevent vaccine passports from ever becoming a possibility is the state of Florida, where, according to the New York Post, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has cited “huge privacy implications” to declare: “We are not going to have you provide proof of this just to be able to live your life normally.”