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Senator’s Bill Would Ban Use of Vaccine Passports in New Jersey

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Trenton NJ, Senator Ed Durr said he was shocked when people were denied entry to children’s basketball game in his legislative district last night due to their vaccination status, saying it’s more proof that vaccine passports need to be banned in New Jersey.

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Vaccine Passports Are Based on Irrational Fears

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by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) and Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13)

The following editorial by Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) and Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) on the irrational fear behind calls for vaccine passports was published by NJ.com on December 10, 2021:

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NJ State Police Stand Down as GOP Legislators enter NJ statehouse Without Showing Vaccination Proof

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Trenton NJ, Matt Friedman of Politico NJ observed , “Speaker ordered a security sweep of the chamber but most of the GOP lawmakers on the floor wouldn’t leave. After a bunch of GOP assembly members spent several minutes arguing with state police at the entrance to the chamber without showing vax proof, they eventually just walked by. …Brian Bergen said ‘they’re not going to physically restrain us. We can just walk right in.'”

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England Drops Plans for Vaccine Passports

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Ridgewood NJ, England has abandoned its previously announced plan to implement a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine passport program by the end of this month that would have required people to show proof of vaccination to enter the country’s nightclubs and certain other crowded venues, UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid told the BBC on September 12. The announcement was made following opposition from some members of Parliament as well as representatives of the hospitality industry, who said such a program would create a burden for businesses and infringe on residents’ rights. Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show, Secretary Javid said the government decided against the passports after “properly” looking at the issue and determining other factors could help keep COVID-19 incidence down, including high vaccine uptake, testing, surveillance, and treatments. Some people suggested the passport proposal simply was a ruse to encourage young people to be vaccinated, although Secretary Javid hinted the government could reverse course again if the number of new cases rises. About 66% of the population of England is fully vaccinated. Several days prior to the announcement, British researchers published a paper in EClinicalMedicine casting doubt on whether vaccination passport programs would incentivize more people to get the shots and calling for additional research into the matter.

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Vaccine Passports Present a Frightening Prospect Says Assemblyman Scharfenberger

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Middletown NJ, as rumors intensify which suggest the Federal Government, under the direction of President Biden, is considering the implementation of a “vaccination passport” or identification card program, Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger (NJLD13-R) has begun crafting legislation to combat the very notion of mandating individuals acquire these “permits” before taking part in common societal activities: Continue reading Vaccine Passports Present a Frightening Prospect Says Assemblyman Scharfenberger