While hundreds of thousands of Iowans have been vaccinated for COVID-19, with thousands more getting the shots daily, Governor Kim Reynolds says they shouldn’t have to carry a “vaccine passport” to prove it to anyone.
“I strongly oppose vaccine passports and I believe that we must take a stand as a state against them,” Reynolds says, “which I intend to do either through legislation or executive action.” Vaccine passports have already been banned via executive orders by the governors of Texas and Florida. The statement by Reynolds, a Republican, is in tandem with the Biden administration, which announced Tuesday it would -not- create a federal vaccine passport or require travelers or businesses to be inoculated.
“While I believe in the efficacy of the vaccine enough to get it myself and encourage Iowans to do the same, I also respect that it’s a personal choice,” Reynolds says. Since the start of the pandemic, the governor says she’s put her trust in Iowans “to do the right thing rather than demand or mandate it,” adding, “vaccination is no different.”