(JustPatriots.com)- Vaccine passports have been a hot topic over the last few months, both as travel has started to pick up and now as fully vaccinated people are no longer suggested to wear masks.
But, the idea has been very controversial, to say the least. On Tuesday, Republican Senator Rick Scott from Florida introduced a proposal that would ban travel agencies from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for domestic travel.
Scott’s bill is called the Freedom to Fly Act. It would ban policies from being implemented at the Transportation Security Administration that would allow any employee to request passenger information regarding COVID-19 vaccinations if those passengers are traveling within the United States.
In a statement, Scott said travel is “critical to getting our economy fully re-opened” and recovered from the pandemic.
“While I continue to encourage everyone who wants one to get the vaccine, the federal government has no business requiring travelers to turn over their personal medical information to catch a flight. My Freedom to Fly Act ensures families in Florida and across the country can travel freely and without the ridiculous government bureaucracy created by vaccine passports.”
As if the COVID-19 vaccines themselves weren’t controversial enough, the debate over whether they can be required to do ordinary day-to-day things such as travel across state lines has gotten hot recently.
Republicans say that requiring proof of vaccination would interfere with someone’s personal choice about whether they will get inoculated. Since the federal government, nor any states, require people to get vaccinated, how could they justify requiring a vaccine passport to do certain things in life in America?
Repeatedly, the White House has said that it has no plans to create federal vaccine passports.
The governor of Scott’s state, Ron DeSantis, became the first leader of a state to ban vaccine passports when he signed an executive order back in April. Since that time, other states have followed suit, including Georgia, Wyoming, Alabama, Arizona, Alaska and Texas.
A group of Republican Senators took steps recently to ban the federal government from creating vaccine passports. The group, including Mike Braun from Indiana, Ted Cruz from Texas and Cynthia Lummis from Wyoming, proposed a bill that would also ban the federal government from working with a third party or global entity to create them.
To date, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that almost 63% of all American adults 18 years old or older have received at least one dose of one of the COVID-19 vaccines.
More than half of American adults (51.9%) have been fully inoculated. That means they are either two weeks removed from the second dose of the Moderna two-dose vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or one week removed from the second dose of the two-dose Pfizer vaccine.
States are beginning to get back to normal, with even states controlled by progressive Democrats removing some of the final coronavirus-related restrictions.
Now, these Republicans are hoping to protect Americans from more restrictions by protecting their right to not get vaccinated if they don’t want to — or from sharing information about the fact that they are vaccinated just to travel.