Published On: Thu, Jun 24th, 2021

Pennsylvania Legislature Advances Bill to Ban Vaccine Passport

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The Pennsylvania state House approved a bill on June 23 that would prevent government agencies and state-funded colleges and universities from requiring COVID-19 vaccine passports. The legislation would also limit the power of health authorities during pandemics. The measure, SB 618 (pdf), passed along party lines by a 112-89 vote, and now awaits the Senate’s concurrence on House amendments added to the bill. The Rules and Executive Nominations Committee of the Senate approved the amended bill on June 24. The legislation would prohibit colleges or universities receiving state funds from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination to use any service, attend a class in person, or undertake other activities. Government entities are subject to similar requirements and aren’t allowed to include vaccination information on an ID or develop an electronic tracking system for such information. The bill would also prevent the secretary of health from ordering a closure or requiring an individual …

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