House Lawmakers Call on South Carolina Governor to Ban ‘Vaccine Passports’

Lawmakers in South Carolina called on Gov. Henry McMaster to ban so-called COVID-19 “vaccine passports,” coming after Florida’s governor signed an executive order barring them. “The use of ‘vaccine passports’ to restrict commerce is a threat to both personal liberty and medical privacy,” the Republican lawmakers wrote in a letter. “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.” The group, led by Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.), said McMaster, a Republican, should “do everything” within his power to “prohibit ‘vaccine passports’ from being required to enter, enjoy and move about our beautiful state.” They noted that such a system would potentially violate the privacy and certain civil liberties of residents in South Carolina, including a possible “violation of the federal HIPAA law,” referring to the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and …

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