HARRISBURG – Legislation banning COVID-19 vaccine passports in PA has passed the state Senate. Senate Bill 618, sponsored by York County Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill, was introduced after other states moved forward with various proposals to require vaccination of residents to engage in day-to-day activities. Under the bill, the state, as well as counties, municipalities, school districts, and colleges that are subsidized by taxpayers would be banned from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination. The measure was amended to prohibit the state Health Secretary from requiring face masks, travel restrictions, social distancing, shelter in place and closures of privately owned businesses and also prohibit higher education institutions that receive state subsidies from requiring vaccines from its students and faculty. The bill now advances to the state House.

SEN. KRISTIN PHILLIPS-HILL