Lawmakers Offer a Knock-Out Punch to Their State's Vaccine Passport Paradigm

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Legislators in a southern state are looking to lick the vaccine Gestapo.

In 2020, I covered the proposition of a “vaccine passport.” At the time, it was hard to imagine — could America ever give way to such an idea?

Could and did.

Thanks to the Powers That Be, dining at a restaurant in select parts of the country now requires a showing of your proverbial papers. Doing so guarantees you’ve been injected with what neither keeps you from getting COVID nor prevents you from spreading it.

You’ll also, of course, necessarily be masked — until there’s food or drink at your table.

Oddly, the virus is so deadly, we must muzzle ourselves; at the same time — evidently — a mere basket of buttered rolls can render it helpless.*

And in South Carolina, four representatives don’t find the above very appetizing.

As reported by Greenville’s NBC4, the upstate lawmakers have introduced H. 4848.

Call it a “Don’t ask, don’t tell” initiative.

The bill prohibits organizations from asking for individuals’ COVID vaccination status.

And it’s not just for customers.

Witness the big guns and broad scope:

Section 44‑29‑56. Notwithstanding another provision of law to the contrary, any employee, officer, agent, or other representative of a public, nonprofit, or private entity who inquires about the COVID‑19 vaccination status of any student, employee, member, or anyone else seeking admission on the entity’s premises is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than fourteen thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

Where inoculation’s concerned, we’re living in interesting times. The substance sold as a vaccine doesn’t prevent infection. And recently — following the initial national needling and beaucoup boosters — the phrase “fully vaccinated” was put out to pasture.

The newer, hipper stamp of approval: “up to date.”

 

Who doesn’t want to be up to date?

But if you miss the mark of a modern Moderna man…if you fail to be a futuristic Pfizer female…in South Carolina, you may soon still be able to enjoy all public events.

Or work at them.

Perhaps Walter Barker should move there — according to The Atlantic, the Big Apple baseball fan has taken a plethora of anti-COVID concoctions in order to root for the home team:

Walter…has, since the fall of 2020, had five doses of COVID-19 vaccine. He’s already starting to ponder when he might need a sixth.

Barker, a 38-year-old office worker in New York, received his first two doses a year ago, as part of an AstraZeneca vaccine trial. But the shots, which haven’t been authorized by the FDA, couldn’t get him into some venues. Sick of having to test every time he went to a Yankees game, Barker nabbed a pair of Moderna injections in the spring. Then, when the government urged boosters, he figured he’d “rather be safe than sorry,” especially because of his Type 2 diabetes—a risk factor for severe COVID. That was vaccine No. 5. Plus, he told me, he’d also caught the actual virus between his AstraZeneca and Moderna shots.

It’s a complicated world.

H. 4848 is authored by the following state House Republicans

  • Patrick Haddon
  • Steven Wayne Long
  • William “Brian” Chumley
  • Mike Burns

Rep. Mike lamented to WYFF that South Carolinians have been fired due to vaccination status:

“We have a number of employees in different companies that are being terminated because of their vaccination status, they have chosen not to take it.”

Bottom line:

“There are certain things that are private with your health information and it’s your business, it’s your privacy.”

It seems to me the measure is a great idea — not because of COVID specifically, but regarding health-related privacy in general.

Why should the hostess at T.G.I. Friday’s know your medical history?

Of course, H. 4848 is just a proposal.

But it’s a positive direction to take.

The other direction doesn’t merely appear abnormal; it feels fundamentally un-American.

-ALEX

*FOR SOCIAL MEDIA FACT-CHECKERS: “The science” does not suggest dinner rolls defeat diseases.

 

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