Vaccine passports will be the end of medical freedom in America if Republicans idly stand by, allowing the Democrat-controlled legislature to implement them as they see fit.
Some Republicans that recognize this threat have announced action against the future possibility that the federal government could impose a tyrannical requirement that forces Americans to not only get vaccinated, but also carry proof of vaccination.
Congressman Andy Biggs (R-AZ) introduced legislation on Thursday titled the “No Vaccine Passports Act” that would prevent federal agencies from implementing “standardized documentation” for the purpose of credentialing vaccinated Americans.
The bill has 18 original GOP cosponsors, including freshman Reps. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).
“Today, Congressman Biggs introduced the No Vaccine Passports Act to prevent federal agencies from issuing any standardized documentation that could be used to certify a U.S. citizen’s COVID-19 status to a third party, such as a restaurant or an airline,” Biggs Congressional office states in a press release.
“Additionally, this bill prohibits proof of COVID-19 vaccination from being a requirement for access to federal or congressional property and services,” the statement reads.
The bill’s ban on vaccine passports would only apply to federal agencies and does not contain any language that would pertain to private businesses such as airlines, banks, or grocery stores.
This comes after Biden administration officials reportedly said last month they are considering several different vaccine passport options, although White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said there will be no standardized vaccine credential programs implemented by the federal government.
“I am profoundly disturbed that the Biden Administration would even consider imposing vaccine passports on the American people,” Biggs said in a statement. “My private healthcare decisions—and yours—are nobody else’s business. Vaccine passports will not help our nation recover from COVID-19; instead, they will simply impose more Big Brother surveillance on our society.”
Biggs credited his legislation to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ executive order to outlaw vaccine passports, which was the first preventative legal action taken by any state.
“I especially applaud Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for being an early leader against vaccine passports at the state level. My No Vaccine Passports Act builds on his efforts and will further protect Americans’ privacy rights and fundamental freedoms,” Biggs concluded.
However, Biggs legislation differs from Florida’s in that it only bans the government from imposing vaccine passports, not private businesses.
While this is a step in the right direction, the Arizonan Congressman’s legislation does not do enough to preserve Americans’ right to privacy and freedom. As we saw with the government-imposed lockdowns, businesses can be compelled by the government to shut down, even if they are not explicitly required to. Why would it not be the same with vaccine passports?
Just like the lockdowns, the federal government may not need to implement vaccine credentialing if they can pressure states and businesses to do it on their own. The danger of this lies in the fact that we won’t know if that will be the case on this issue until it happens in real-time.
And by then…it may be too late.