Florida and Texas Prohibit Health Related Passports

April 7, 2021

Florida and Texas have promulgated Executive Orders prohibiting vaccine and health related passports on a statewide basis.

1) On Friday 2nd April 2021 Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis, promulgated an Executive Order which prohibits both government and private agencies from requiring people to show proof of vaccination before using a service or accessing a business.

Executive Order Number 21-81 (“Prohibiting covid-19 Vaccine Passports”), which “is effective immediately”, states: “No Florida government entity, or its subdivisions, agents, or assigns, shall be permitted to issue vaccine passports, vaccine passes, or other standardized documentation for the purpose of certifying an individual’s covid-19 vaccination status to a third party, or otherwise publish or share any individual ‘s covid-19 vaccination record or similar health information.”

“Businesses in Florida are prohibited from requiring patrons or customers to provide any documentation certifying covid-19 vaccination or post-transmission recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the business.” … “All businesses must comply with this order to be eligible for grants or contracts funded through state revenue.”

“It’s completely unacceptable”, DeSantis declared in a press conference, “for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society.”

2) On Monday 6th April 2021 Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, promulgated Executive Order GA35 (“Relating to covid-19 vaccines and the protection of Texans’ private health information”) which states that any public or private entity receiving public funds through any means cannot deny someone entry or service on the basis of their vaccination status. Executive Order GA35 does “order the following on a statewide basis effective immediately”:

No governmental entity can compel any individual to receive a covid-19 vaccine administered under an emergency use authorization.” … “State agencies and political subdivisions shall not adopt or enforce any order, ordinance, policy, regulation, rule, or similar measure that requires an individual to provide, as a condition of receiving any service or entering any place, documentation regarding the individual’s vaccination status for any covid-19 vaccine administered under an emergency use authorization.”

“Any public or private entity that is receiving or will receive public funds through any means, including grants, contracts, loans, or other disbursements of taxpayer money, shall not require a consumer to provide, as a condition of receiving any service or entering any place, documentation regarding the consumer’s vaccination status for any covid-19 vaccine administered under an emergency use authorization. No consumer may be denied entry to a facility financed in whole or in part by public funds for failure to provide documentation regarding the consumer’s vaccination status for any covid-19 vaccine administered under an emergency use authorization.”

Yet, it also states: “Nothing in this executive order shall be construed to limit the ability of a nursing home, state supported living center, assisted living facility, or long­ term care facility to require documentation of a resident’s vaccination status for any covid-19 vaccine.”

“As I have said all along,” Abbott publicly stated, “these vaccines are always voluntary, and never forced. Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives. That is why I issued an Executive Order that prohibits government mandated vaccine passports in Texas.”

State of Florida Executive Order Number 21-81
Executive Order by the Governor of the State of Texas GA35