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Wyoming bans requirements to be vaccinated to have access to any state property or services

Wyoming‘s governor is barring state officials from requiring people to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before they may access state property or services.

Gov. Mark Gordon, a Republican, announced the directive against “vaccine passports” Friday, The Cheyenne Post reports. “Vaccine passport programs have the potential to politicize a decision that should not be politicized,” Gordon said in a statement. “They would divide our citizens at a time when unity in fighting the virus is essential, and harm those who are medically unable to receive the vaccine.” He encouraged Wyoming residents over 16 to get vaccinated but called it “a personal choice based upon personal circumstances.”

The Governor’s directive urges counties, cities and towns in Wyoming, as well as private businesses to provide full access to public spaces and services, regardless of an individual’s vaccination status. Governor Gordon has stated that more than 180,000 people in Wyoming have received at least one vaccination.  Both the Governor and the First Lady have been vaccinated and he continues to urge residents to choose to receive the vaccine to protect lives and help Wyoming move closer to ending the pandemic.

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ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

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