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South Dakota Bans ‘Un-American’, ‘Freedom-Restricting’ Vaccine Passports



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South Dakota has become the first state in the United States to outright prohibit the use of vaccination passports.

Republican Governor Kristi Noem called the passports “un-American” and “freedom-limiting.”

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“We are not going to limit democracy with un-American laws like vaccination passports,” she said.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Noem declared that she had signed an executive order prohibiting “government-instituted” vaccine passports throughout South Dakota.

“Since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, we have provided South Dakotans with up-to-date research, evidence, and data and then trusted them to make the right choices for themselves and their loved ones,” Noem said, saying that the state is now “stronger” as a result of its refusal to comply with government directives during the pandemic.

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According to RT, no “state agency, department, board, council, or other executive branch entity or official directly under the Governor shall require a person to present a COVID-19 vaccine passport” to access a government building or do business with the state. The executive order also stated that no department, council, or local authority could order a private company to require vaccine passports.

South Dakota joins a number of other states in prohibiting universal vaccination passports, including Florida, Texas, Arizona, Idaho, and Utah.

While several states encourage private companies to enforce their own vaccine policies for patients, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed his own executive order earlier this month prohibiting businesses from telling consumers about their vaccination status.

DeSantis argued that vaccine passports would “establish two groups of people,” and that a complete prohibition is “essential to secure Floridians’ human rights and privacies, as well as the free flow of trade within the state.”

Both New York and Hawaii have agreed to introduce a vaccine passport scheme, while Israel launched its own system in March. Vaccine passports are now set to be introduced in the United Kingdom in the coming months, despite widespread opposition and a petition of over 350,000 signatures against the proposal.

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