Wisconsin Assembly OKs Vaccine Passport Ban, Immunity Waiver

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Republicans who control the Wisconsin Assembly has approved bills that would require employers to count a prior coronavirus infection as an alternative to vaccination and testing and prohibit vaccine passports.

Both measures would face a likely veto from Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

The governor last year vetoed a GOP bill that would have barred public health officials from requiring people to get vaccinated.

Republican backers maintain natural immunity is at least as effective as vaccination. And supporters of banning vaccine passports say they’re worried that the federal government will mandate them.

“I’m mystified by this bill, really,” Democratic state Rep. Lisa Subeck said. “Our response to the pandemic must be rooted in science. It must be rooted in medical evidence. This bill is based on conjecture. It’s based on magical thinking.”

The Assembly approved the vaccine passport bill on a voice vote and the immunity bill on 59-34 vote. Both bills now head to the Senate.

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