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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: May 7, 2021 11:21 AM
From: Representative Doyle Heffley
To: All House members
Subject: Limiting the use of vaccine passports within the Commonwealth
In the near future, I intend to introduce legislation that would limit the use of vaccine passports within the Commonwealth.  This legislation is intended to allow citizens the right to freely elect whether or not they feel the COVID-19 vaccine is beneficial for them.
Individuals who seek to get the COVID-19 vaccine should be given every opportunity to get the vaccine.  However, those with medical or religious concerns should not be required to prove their status when utilized in public places.  The determination to get the vaccine is a private medical matter that should not subject individuals to ridicule or discrimination.
It is important to note that at the present time, more than a dozen states have banned or placed restrictions on COVID-19 vaccination passports or are considering legislation to do so. Over the last few months, the residents of PA have spoken and feel that vaccine passports are an infringement on their freedom.  Therefore, I believe it is my duty to ensure that all individuals have the right to make decisions that are in the best interest for them and their families since they know their medical history better than my colleagues and I do.
Please consider co-sponsoring this legislation.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Anne Stephens at 717-260-6139 (0-6139).


Introduced as HB1478