South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem said on April 21 that she issued an executive order that banned the use of digital or paper documents to prove vaccination status. COVID-19 of the people.
Kristi Noem. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia)
Governor Kristi Noem (Republican Party) said the executive order she signed related to the so-called “vaccine passports” to ensure that South Dakotas can exercise their freedoms.
“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have provided South Dakotans with up-to-date scientific information, facts and data, and then believe that they can exercise personal responsibility for Make the best decision for yourself and your loved ones. We oppose government requests and our state is getting stronger because of that, ”she said in a statement.
“I encourage all South Dakotans to get COVID-19, but we will not be obliged to do so. And we will not restrict South Dakotans from exercising their freedoms with un-American policies like vaccine passports. In our state, ‘The people govern, under the authority of God’. And that’s how our state will function as long as I’m governor. ”
Ongoing discussions involve asking for such kind of evidence in many different regions, and that would be “discriminatory behavior” against people who haven’t been vaccinated with COVID-19, citing the content of the executive order of Noem’s three-page length.
“The imposition of public health restrictions affecting freedom for any reason must be adjusted to minimize the scientifically verifiable risk. The implementation of the vaccine passport program could lead to irrational, non-science-based restrictions on travel, speech, communication, and other citizenship rights.
The executive order above prohibits other agencies, ministries, councils, committees and other entities or officials under the control of the governor of South Dakota from requiring citizens to present their COVID-19 vaccine passports to You can enter a government building, receive government assistance, or do business with the government.
Similar entities are prohibited from requiring private businesses to have passports.
In addition, local authorities are advised not to require or order businesses to have proof of vaccination.
The executive order makes clear exemptions for nursing homes, life support facilities, and long-term care facilities.
According to the latest data shared by the South Dakota Department of Health, the state has vaccinated 53% of the population. About 4/10 residents are fully vaccinated.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, all Republicans, have also recently issued similar bans.
However, several other states are looking into the possibility of requesting proof of vaccinations.
Specifically, officials in Hawaii said earlier this month that they were considering requesting proof of vaccination for people traveling between islands in the state.
New York states have also begun to request proof of vaccinations.
According to the White House, the federal government will not be required to carry vaccine passports. The World Health Organization (WHO) has also recently expressed opposition to vaccination passports, at least for now, citing fears that such requests would photograph. Vaccine inaccessible groups such as pregnant women and the poor.