2nd GOP Governor Joins Florida’s Ron DeSantis in COVID Passport Opposition — Mississippi’s Tate Reeves

Written by Kyle Becker
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On Monday, a second GOP Governor joined with Florida’s Ron DeSantis in opposition to so-called “COVID passports” that prove that someone has been vaccinated: Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves.

“I don’t think it’s necessary, and I don’t think it’s a good thing to do in America,” Reeves told Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday signed an executive order to forbid COVID passports in the State of Florida. The governor has also called on the Republican-led Legislature to push forth a measure addressing ‘vaccine passports.”

“We are not supporting doing any vaccine passports in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said earlier. “It’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society.”

“You want the fox to guard the henhouse?” DeSantis said. “I mean, give me a break.”

“I think this is something that has huge privacy implications,” he continued. “It is not necessary to do. You know, we’re going to have hit 3.5 million seniors that have gotten shots sometime this week. Likely 75% of seniors. It’s important to be able to do it. But at the same time, we are not going to have you provide proof of this just to be able to live your life normally.”

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“And I am going to be taking some action, in the executive function, emergency function here, very shortly,” the governor added.

The Washington Post earlier reported that the Biden administration was looking into a “COVID passport.”

“The Biden administration and private companies are working to develop a standard way of handling credentials — often referred to as ‘vaccine passports’ — that would allow Americans to prove they have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus as businesses try to reopen,” the Washington Post reported.

“The effort has gained momentum amid President Biden’s pledge that the nation will start to regain normalcy this summer and with a growing number of companies — from cruise lines to sports teams — saying they will require proof of vaccination before opening their doors again,” the report continued.

New York has already launched its COVID passport, following a trial run on thousands of New Yorkers testing the program. The Excelsior Passport was reported to be “the first of its kind to be rolled out in United States and allows specific sites that administer COVID vaccines or test for the coronavirus to upload the data to the app,” the Gothamist reported.

It is encouraging to see a few state governors “get it.” Now, we need to see more governors in America actually take action against this dangerous infringement on civil liberties.

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