On July 22, 2021

Vermont Republican Party opposes vaccine passports

The Vermont Republican Party has unanimously approved a resolution at its state committee meeting on July 10 to oppose “vaccine passports” in Vermont. The resolution comes in response to concerns over medical privacy and individual rights as described in the 4th amendment to the U.S. constitution.

Nationally, liberal thought leaders, such as author Naomi Wolf, have expressed concerns about such proposals to identify vaccinated persons versus those who are not. However, some Vermont Democratic lawmakers have suggested that persons entering the Vermont State House must show proof of vaccination for the upcoming session in 2022.

Republican Vermont lawmaker Vicki Strong submitted two bills in 2021 supporting health choice and opposing a vaccine registry or passport: H.283 and H.452, of which H.283 has bi-partisan support. The Vermont Republican Party intends the resolution to support the bills introduced by Strong. To date, the Democratically controlled legislature has not moved to take up either bill, nor schedule the bills for discussion in committee.

According to Vermont Republican Party Chair Deb Billado, “This resolution is an important proactive statement which declares the Vermont Republican Party is the party of freedom, protection of your privacy, and your right to make medical choices for you and your family. The Vermont motto of ‘Freedom and Unity’ seems to be forgotten by many Democratic lawmakers. A vaccine passport would create a two tiered society and is an affront to our civil liberties.”

VTGOP Resolution Opposing a Vaccine Passport in Vermont

The text of the resolution is as follows:

WHEREAS, the right of the people to be secure in their persons, papers and effects is protected by 4 th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and

WHEREAS, the right to privacy concerning their health information is specifically protected by Federal HIPPA laws, and

WHEREAS, these rights are to be protected for the individuals, from both governments and third parties empowered and protected by governments

NOW, THEREFORE be it RESOLVED that WE, The Vermont Republican Party, oppose any government entity or its subdivisions, agents, or assigns, issuing vaccine passports, vaccine passes, other documentation regarding vaccine status in any form, or issuing legislation, for the purpose of certifying an individual’s vaccination status to a third party, or otherwise publish or share any individual’s vaccination record or similar health information, or require such identification for access to any government service, including education.

AND, FURTHER RESOLVED that WE also generally oppose public places of accommodation denying service, access or employment to any person based on their documented vaccination status.

Do you want to submit feedback to the editor?

Send Us An Email!

Related Posts

Program to store carbon in forests grows in the Green Mountain State

June 19, 2024
By Cecilia Larson/Community News Service Editor’s note: The Community News Service is a program in which University of Vermont students work with professional editors to provide content for local news outlets at no cost. Forged by the American Forest Foundation and the Nature Conservancy, a program that pays people to set aside forest to store carbon…

Two prescription drug bills aim to lower pharmaceutical prices

June 19, 2024
Governor Scott signed both into law By Peter D’Auria/VTDigger New legislation signed by Gov. Phil Scott May 30 will help patients afford prescription drugs, as rising pharmaceutical prices push up health care costs across the state.  As legislators scrambled to wrap up the legislative session earlier this month, they passed two bills that aim to reform…

Gov. Scott announces $1.7m in transportation fund grants 

June 19, 2024
Three projects in Windsor County are among the 11 to receive awards  Governor Phil Scott and the Vermont Downtown Development Board announced Monday, June 17, the allocation of $1,787,989 in Downtown Transportation Fund grants to support projects to improve safety, access, and transportation in 11 Vermont downtowns and villages across seven counties. “Revitalizing our downtowns is important…

Money available to protect against future flooding, no cost to towns

June 19, 2024
On Monday, June 3, Governor Scott and Vermont Emergency Management announced $90 million of federal funding is now available to Vermont municipalities to implement hazard mitigation measures that reduce future flood risk. These funds are available to all Vermont towns with no local match requirement. The federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides funds to…