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House panel holds hearing on “vaccine passport” ban

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine distribution photo
Jake May/The Flint Journal
Associated Press

The Michigan House Oversight Committee held its first hearing today on a bill that would pre-emptively outlaw government-issued COVID-19 vaccine passports.

The bill’s supporters expressed concern about privacy and government overreach. Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s use of emergency orders was also brought up. But Democratic Representative Julie Brixie also called out misinformation about the vaccines peddled in much of the testimony.

“And I would be remiss if I didn’t state for the record that the comparisons of the COVID vaccine to systemic racism, segregation, and the Holocaust are appalling and abhorrent.”

A committee vote on the bill is expected next week. Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office says there are no plans to develop a Michigan vaccine passport. Some colleges and universities do plan to require proof of vaccination.