Kemp Issues Executive Order Prohibiting COVID-19 Vaccine Passports in State Government

Governor Brian Kemp issued an Executive Order on Tuesday which prohibits state agencies, state service providers, and state properties from requiring COVID-19 vaccine passports.

The “Prohibition of COVID-19 Vaccine Passports” Executive Order also outlines that no vaccine passport shall be required for entry into the State of Georgia. State employers shall not have different rules for employees based on vaccination status, unless such rules are implemented using an honor-code system and no proof of vaccination is required.

This Executive Order does not apply to private businesses or religious organizations.

The order states that Georgia Registry of Immunization Transactions and Services (GRITS) data held by the State shall not be used for the purposes of a vaccine passport program, and GRITS data shall not be shared with any public or private entity for the purposes of a vaccine passport program.

“Today’s executive order makes clear that vaccine passports will not be utilized in state government,” said Governor Kemp. “While I continue to urge all Georgians to get vaccinated so we continue our momentum in putting the COVID-19 pandemic in the rearview, vaccination is a personal decision between each citizen and a medical professional – not state government. This order also clearly states that data held by the Georgia Department of Public Health and their immunization system will not be used by any public or private entity for a vaccine passport program.”

Read the order here:

Jessica Szilagyi

Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of TGV News. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement and corrections. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia.

Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and co-creator of of the Peabody Award-nominated podcast 'Prison Town.'

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