Gov. Mark Gordon signed a directive Friday prohibiting state entities from requiring “vaccine passports.”

Requirements that individuals show proof of having a COVID-19 inoculation, or “vaccine passports” have become a controversial topic.

Wyoming  Governor Gordon, a Republican, has issued a directive that prevents state agencies, boards, and commissions from requiring “vaccine passports” to access state spaces and state services. Saying that vaccines are a “personal choice, based upon personal circumstances.”

The directive instructs state agencies, boards, and commissions to provide full access to state spaces and state services, regardless of a constituent’s COVID-19 vaccination status.

“Vaccine passport programs have the potential to politicize a decision that should not be politicized,” Gordon said in a statement. “They would divide our citizens at a time when unity in fighting the virus is essential, and harm those who are medically unable to receive the vaccine.

Alabama, Minnesota and South Carolina have also passed “COVID-19 Vaccine Bill of Rights,” which “prohibit mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations and prohibits businesses from requiring any person to receive COVID-19 vaccines.”

Governors in other states including Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Montana, Texas and South Dakota have also issued executive orders prohibiting vaccine passports and requirements.

Governor Gordon noted that more than 180,000 Wyomingites have received one of the effective COVID-19 vaccines safely. Both the Governor and First Lady have been vaccinated, and he continues to urge residents to choose to receive the vaccine to protect lives and help Wyoming move closer to ending the pandemic.

A copy of the Governor’s directive is attached and may be found here.

Sources: The GateWay Pundit, AP News

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