Urgent Action Is Needed: Support HB7047/SB2006 To Ban Vaccine Passports

The bill’s new amendment prevents schools, businesses and government entities from requiring proof of vaccination for COVID.

Our Stand

  • Vaccine passports are one of the most important issues of our time. Without explicit protections against the use of vaccine passports, we are all at risk of seeing the end of open society in America. We will quickly become a nation where it’s routine to be asked to “show your papers.”
  • There is good news for Floridians, however! A prohibition on vaccine passports was amended into Florida House Bill 7047 (“HB7047”) on April 19, 2021 in the Health & Human Services Committee; the vote was 14 yeas and 7 nos.
  • On April 21, Senate Bill 2006 (“SB2006”) adopted the same language as HB7047, becoming the companion bill for HB7047.
  • The bills limit government powers during an emergency and prohibit the use of vaccine passports. Specifically, they prohibit government entities from requiring documentation of COVID-19 vaccination, or post-infection recovery, to enter a government location or obtain government services. They also prohibit businesses operating in Florida from requiring customers to provide documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or post-infection recovery. Similarly, they forbid educational institutions from requiring students or residents to provide any type of COVID-19 documentation.
  • HB7047/SB2006 does not cover healthcare providers. Often times when it comes to vaccines, the medical society gets a pass, making it their way or the highway when it comes to keeping your job.
  • Fortunately for Floridians, HB7047/SB2006 has teeth. It authorizes the Department of Health to issue fines of up to $5,000 per violation.
  • We have Senator Joe Gruters (D 23) to thank for championing the bill language and filing multiple bills to protect Floridians from being discriminated against because of their health status.
  • The Florida legislative session ends May 1, so there’s no time to waste! Let’s help push this important bill through by sending a pre-drafted, customizable email to your legislators (one email will go to your representative, and then one will go to your senator), urging them to support both HB7047 and SB2006.

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Call-To-Action

Nearly 20 vaccine passport models are currently under development in the United States. The documents, digital and paper certificates showing proof of vaccination for COVID-19, will afford certain living necessities and privileges to vaccinated individuals only. After signing an executive order on April 2 banning vaccine passports, Governor Ron DeSantis promised to push through legislation to protect Floridians from these unconstitutional governmental policies. The governor followed through by introducing amendments to HB7047, a bill that limits governmental powers during times of emergency. The next day, April 21, 2021, the Senate adopted the same language into SB2006, which means there is now a companion bill to HB7047.

HB7047 and SB2006 prohibit government entities from requiring documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or post-infection recovery to enter a government location or obtain government services. The prohibition applies to the state, any political subdivision of the state, independent establishments of the state, counties, municipalities, districts, authorities, boards, commissions and agencies.

The bill also prohibits Florida businesses from requiring customers to provide documentation of COVID-19 vaccination, or post-infection recovery, to enter their establishment or access their services. The prohibition applies to all businesses types — corporations, partnerships, associations, cooperatives, joint ventures, business trusts, sole proprietorships, charitable organizations and nonprofit organizations operating in the state.

Similarly, the bill also prohibits educational institutions from requiring students or residents to provide documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or post-infection recovery to enter the institution or obtain its services. The prohibition applies to public and nonpublic preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, junior high schools, secondary schools, career centers and postsecondary schools.

HB7047 and SB2006 authorize the Department of Health (DOH) to issue fines to businesses, educational institutions and government entities for violations. DOH can issue  fines of up to $5,000 per violation. This gives the bill added weight through enforcement measures against entities that don’t comply with the legislation. 

Unfortunately, both HB7047 and SB2006 do not provide protections for healthcare workers. Under the legislation, all healthcare facilities, practitioners and professionals are exempt from the passport prohibition.

Getting this bill passed into law is crucial, as it limits oppressive government overreach. Vaccine passports are being dubbed “a true medical apartheid” that’s disallowing healthy, law-abiding citizens from participating in society if they choose not to receive the experimental COVID-19 jab. We also believe that passports present a serious threat to your fundamental rights. That’s why HB7047/SB2006 is so important and must be passed into law.

The legislative session ends May 1, so there’s no time to spare! Click now to make it clear to your elected officials that personal choice, not public pressure or intimidation tactics, must be *the* only factor in getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Urge your legislators to protect your basic human rights and civil rights and to vote YES on HB7047 and SB2006.

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