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NC House Republicans Call on Governor Cooper to Reject Any Effort to Create “Vaccine Passports”

Raleigh, NC – Today, sixty-five North Carolina House Republicans sent Governor Roy Cooper a letter opposing the creation of a “vaccine passport” or any other form of government-required identifications to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations. “These ‘vaccine passports’ raise serious privacy and legal concerns,” the letter states. “North Carolinians should not be required to carry some sort of proof of vaccination to go about their daily lives.” The lawmakers called on the Governor to, “reject any effort to create a government-mandated record for people to show that they have been vaccinated for COVID-19.” The full letter can be found online here and below. Dear Governor Cooper, We are writing in regards to your March 31, 2021 comments that you are in “discussions” about creating a system “to help people show others that they have gotten the vaccine.” As state legislators, we are adamantly opposed to creating a “vaccine passport” or any other form of government-required identifications to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations. These “vaccine passports” raise serious privacy and legal concerns. North Carolinians should not be required to carry some sort of proof of vaccination to go about their daily lives. We have heard from countless constituents who have contacted us to express their strong opposition and grave concerns regarding the idea of requiring proof of vaccinations. We urge you and your administration to reject any effort to create a government-mandated record for people to show that they have been vaccinated for COVID-19. Thank you for your attention to this important and timely issue. Sincerely,


John R. Bell, IV

Tim Moore

Jay Adams Dean Arp Kristin Baker, M.D. Hugh Blackwell James L. Boles, Jr. John R. Bradford, III William D. Brisson Mark Brody Dana Bumgardner Jerry Carter Mike Clampitt George G. Cleveland Jimmy Dixon Jeffrey Elmore Karl E. Gillespie Edward C. Goodwin Dudley Greene Destin Hall Kyle Hall Bobby Hanig Jon Hardister Kelly E. Hastings Julia C. Howard Chris Humphrey Pat B. Hurley Frank Iler Jake Johnson Brenden H. Jones Keith Kidwell Donny Lambeth Pat McElraft Jeffrey C. McNeely

Allen McNeill Charles W. Miller Grey Mills Timothy D. Moffitt Ben T. Moss Erin Paré Howard Penny Ray Pickett Larry G. Pittman Mark Pless Larry W. Potts Dennis Riddell Jason Saine Wayne Sasser John Sauls Mitchell S. Setzer Phil Shepard Carson Smith Sarah Stevens Larry C. Strickland John Szoka John A. Torbett Steve Tyson Harry Warren Sam Watford Diane Wheatley Donna McDowell White David Willis Matthew Winslow Larry Yarborough Jeff Zenger

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