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When Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds made her initial remarks about COVID-19 vaccine passports, she said this:
“Since the start of the pandemic, I’ve consistently put my trust in Iowans to do the right thing rather than demand or mandate it and vaccination is no different,” Reynolds said. “While I believe in the efficacy of the vaccine enough to get it myself, I also respect that it’s a personal choice, but I strongly oppose vaccine passports and I believe that we must take a stand as a state against them, which I intend to do whether through legislation or executive action.”
The bill addressing COVID-19 vaccine passports that passed the Iowa House last week doesn’t seem to live up to what Reynolds said.
After saying she respects that receiving a vaccine is a personal choice, she added “I strongly oppose vaccine passports and I believe that we must take a stand as a state against them.”
The House bill prevents government entities from issuing passports and using them, but it doesn’t prevent private businesses or health care facilities from doing so.
It is possible the House bill could be amended in the Senate. The legislation could pass and be signed by Reynolds, who could then also issue an executive order to ensure vaccine passports do not happen in Iowa.