Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has issued an executive order banning the development or use of vaccine passports in Montana.
Vaccine passports are documents that could be used to verify COVID-19 immunization status and allow inoculated people to more freely travel, shop, and dine.
The move by Gianforte on Tuesday comes as vaccine passports have drawn criticism as a heavy-handed intrusion into personal freedom and private health choices.
Gianforte says in a statement that he encourages all Montana residents to get vaccinated but that it is “entirely voluntary.”
Vaccine passports have been implemented in New York but the White House has said there will not be any federal vaccine passport program.
The Republican governor said the order exempts nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
Abbott's move followed a similar order issued by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, also a Republican, who cited privacy concerns as a reason for doing so.