Charleston, South Carolina – South Carolina is shutting down the possibility of a vaccine passport mandate in near future.
The vaccine passport is a hot topic lately, not only in US but in the whole world. Although New York rolled out the vaccine passport program last week, states like Florida and now South Carolina are shutting down this possibility. At least for near future.
Just like mask wearing mandate, every state will have the right to decide about the vaccine passports. President Biden’s office also confirmed that there won’t be federal mandate.
In a tweet, Governor Henry McMaster said “Vaccine passports will have no place in South Carolina. The very idea un-American to its core.”
The response came after several Republican congressional delegates sent a letter to the Governor asking him not to accept such a program. Part of the letter says:
“We ask that you do everything in your power under the law to prohibit ‘vaccine passports’ from being required to enter, enjoy and move about our beautiful state. The use of ‘vaccine passports’ to restrict commerce is a threat to both personal liberty and medical privacy. We are committed to fighting this violation at the federal level, and we urge you to do the same by working with Attorney General Alan Wilson at the state level.”
However, there are some people believing that vaccine passports are the right thing to do right now. One of the is Senator Marlon Kimpson and he said:
“The state of South Carolina has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on vaccines. The federal government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on vaccines. It amazes me that people in leadership positions would be guided by very low information,” Kimpson told ABC News 4 on Monday.
He added that the vaccine passport is almost the same thing like vaccination records confirmation, needed for students and many other things.
The vaccine passport might not be required soon in South Carolina, but this can surely change in near future.