COVID-19 Vaccination Passport Ban
H.B. 4667 – Rep. Sue Allor
On June 2, 2021, the House voted to approve H.B. 4667 with a vote of 62-47. The bill was then referred to the Senate Committee on Health Policy. On May 6, 2021, Right to Life of Michigan provided testimony in support of H.B. 4467 to the Oversight Committee; the bill was voted out of committee on May 26, 2021 with an H-4 substitute. On April 20, 2021, Rep. Sue Allor introduced H.B. 4667. The bill was referred to the House Oversight Committee.
H.B. 4667 would prohibit any State Governmental Entity from issuing, contracting for, or incentivizing the creation or usage of a vaccine passport for COVID-19 vaccines. A vaccine passport is described as written or electronic documentation used to certify that an individual has received a COVID-19 vaccine for the purposes of travel within the state, entry into a public building, or receiving a governmental service. H.B. 4667 does not prevent private businesses from mandating proof of vaccination for entry.
There are three COVID-19 vaccines currently being distributed under the Federal Government’s Emergency Use Authorization program. One is produced by Pfizer corporation, one is from Moderna, and the third is from Janssen/Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were tested on the aborted fetal cell line HEK 293. The Janssen vaccine was both developed and tested on the PER.C6 fetal cell line. Unfortunately, vaccine manufacturers have been using aborted fetal cell lines in the development and testing of vaccines for decades. Many of the vaccines for childhood diseases utilize various fetal cell lines, and many have no ethical alternative.
Right to Life of Michigan has advocated for informed consent for the reception of vaccines that utilize abortion in their testing or development. RLM has also always supported conscience protections for individuals who do not want to participate in performing abortions, referring for abortions, conducting research on aborted fetal cell lines, or receiving abortion tainted vaccines. Vaccine passports are by their nature coercive and may force individuals to have to choose between violating their conscience and receiving a vaccine with a connection to abortion or not being allowed to participate in their government.