Arizona Governor Orders ‘Vaccine Passport’ Ban for the State

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Last week, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey used executive powers to prohibit all of the state’s local and regional governments from requiring vaccine passports, calling them an encroachment on private medical information of Arizona residents.

 

The executive order signed by the governor also bans state agencies or businesses that contract with state government from requiring vaccine passports proving people have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. However, certain businesses are exempt from the ban and can decide if they want to require vaccine passports, including health care providers, child care facilities, schools and universities.

 

“While we strongly recommend all Arizonans get the COVID-19 vaccine, it’s not mandated in our state — and it never will be,” said a statement released by the governor’s office. “Vaccination is up to each individual, not the government.”

 

What Are Vaccine Passports?

Simply put, a vaccine passport is documentation or an app that states you have received certain vaccines, in this case the COVID-19 vaccine. There have been conversations happening around the world about requiring a vaccine passport to return to a pre-pandemic normal. No decisions have been made so far.

 

More than 2.7 million Arizona residents — or 38.1% of the state’s population — have received at least one shot and over 1.9 million people are fully vaccinated. In order to protect yourself and those around you from COVID-19, the CDC recommends getting a vaccine as soon as you’re able, wearing a mask when you are around other people, and staying home when you are sick. 

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