"An agency may not issue a vaccine passport, vaccine pass, or other standardized documentation for the purpose of certifying the COVID-19 vaccination status of a citizen of the United States to a third party, or otherwise publish or share any COVID-19 vaccination record of a citizen of the United States, or similar health information," the bill states.
"My private healthcare decisions—and yours—are nobody else’s business," Biggs said in a statement. "Vaccine passports will not help our nation recover from COVID-19, instead, they will simply impose more Big Brother surveillance on our society."
The White House said on Tuesday that the Biden administration is opposed to federal vaccine passport mandates. In light of Biggs' proposal, The Epoch Times reached out to The White House to confirm that nothing has changed in this respect, but did not receive a reply by publication.
Vaccine passports have been criticized by civil liberties groups, who say it would potentially violate Americans’ privacy rights while denying key services to people who are not vaccinated.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday said that vaccine passports will not be developed or supported by the Biden administration, an announcement that came after several Republican governors issued executive orders barring them.
“The government is not now, nor will we be supporting a system that requires Americans to carry a credential. There will be no federal vaccinations database and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential,” Psaki told reporters at the White House.
Psaki last month responded to reports that the administration was working with private firms to create a passport system, saying the administration would provide guidance.
“Our interest is very simple from the federal government, which is Americans' privacy and rights should be protected so that these systems are not used against people unfairly,” Psaki clarified Tuesday. She again said the government would provide guidance on privacy concerns related to vaccines.