RALEIGH – Alongside the PR campaign to vaccinate everyone has been the push for ‘vaccine passports’ as a means to structure reopening, and life in general, around those who’ve taken the jab. Governor Roy Cooper, ever the good Democrat and having proven affection for micromanaging our lives, has flirted with the idea as well.
North Carolina House Republicans, however, want nothing to do with the Orwellian notion of requiring any such vaccine passport regime; sixty-five House Republicans sent Cooper a letter opposing the creation of a “vaccine passport” or any other form of government-required identifications to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations: [Emphasis added]
“Dear Governor Cooper,
We are writing in regards to your March 31, 2021 comments that you are in “discussions” about creating a system “to help people show others that they have gotten the vaccine.”
As state legislators, we are adamantly opposed to creating a “vaccine passport” or any other form of government-required identifications to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations.
These “vaccine passports” raise serious privacy and legal concerns. North Carolinians should not be required to carry some sort of proof of vaccination to go about their daily lives.
We have heard from countless constituents who have contacted us to express their strong opposition and grave concerns regarding the idea of requiring proof of vaccinations.
We urge you and your administration to reject any effort to create a government-mandated record for people to show that they have been vaccinated for COVID-19.
Thank you for your attention to this important and timely issue. […]”
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