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Alabama has come out against the use of Covid-19 vaccination certificates to grant certain privileges, following in the footsteps of several other US states that have banned health ‘passports’.

Republican Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill on Monday which prevents states and local governments from issuing documentation verifying vaccine status. The newly ratified law also ensures that people will not be denied entry to businesses, universities, schools and state institutions if they have not been vaccinated against Covid-19.

In a statement, Ivey said she was supportive of “a voluntary vaccine” and that her decision to sign the bill into law reflects her position on the public health issue. She added that she personally chose to receive the vaccine and encouraged Alabamians who haven’t gotten the shot to “roll up their sleeves.”

The legislation’s sponsor, Republican state Senator Arthur Orr, said he was prompted to take action after hearing stories about businesses that were refusing customers who had not been vaccinated. He said that allowing such policies to continue would lead to discrimination and “turn us into a two-tier society,” according to local media.

Additionally, the law requires universities and colleges to provide a religious or health exemption for any other vaccine that may be listed as required for enrollment. Read more…