State Rep. Al Cutrona (R-Canfield) intends to soon introduce legislation that will prohibit “vaccine passports.” The term has become known for entities requiring citizens to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination in order to be allowed entry into an area or establishment.
“Ohioans are encouraged to take the COVID-19 vaccine for the health and well-being of themselves and others,” said Cutrona. “However, a vaccine should not be mandated or required by our government for our people to integrate back to a sense of normalcy. We’ve had restrictions on our freedoms for over a year and more restrictions or mandates are not the answer to every issue related to COVID-19.”
As a chief operating officer at an infectious disease practice in Mahoning County, Cutrona also foresees privacy being a problem if a vaccine passport program were implemented.
Within the nation, New York is the first state to announce a vaccine passport program called “Excelsior Pass,” which is going to use QR code technology to allow individuals into venues.
“Ohio is not New York,” said Cutrona. “I anticipate introducing this bill to ensure that the liberties of all Ohioans are instilled throughout this vaccination phase of the pandemic.”
Cutrona is currently seeking cosponsors on the legislation.