HARRISBURG – Three state senators plan to introduce legislation that would prohibit Gov. Tom Wolf from implementing vaccine passports for residents in PA. New York state recently launched their own vaccine passport program, dubbed “Excelsior Pass.” Citing how closely Gov. Wolf has followed Gov. Cuomo when it comes to the executive branch’s unilateral response to the pandemic, the senators said a vaccine passport is a bridge too far. One of the bill sponsors, York County Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill said whether a Pennsylvanian chooses to not receive the vaccine for personal, health or religious reasons, or simply cannot obtain a vaccine because of lack of access, there is no way any government should be asking its own citizens to reveal personal health information. Senators Michele Brooks of Crawford County and Judy Ward of Huntingdon County are also sponsors of the measure. In their memo seeking support for their forthcoming proposal, the senators said requiring a vaccine passport for Pennsylvanians to live their lives day-to-day represents an extreme government intrusion into their personal lives.

SEN. JUDY WARD

SEN. MICHELE BROOKS

SEN. KRISTIN PHILLIPS-HILL