Gov. Bill Lee announces support for legislation banning 'vaccine passports'

Gov. Bill Lee announced April 6 he is in opposition to mandated "vaccine passports." (Screenshot via Facebook)
Gov. Bill Lee announced April 6 he is in opposition to mandated "vaccine passports." (Screenshot via Facebook)

Gov. Bill Lee announced April 6 he is in opposition to mandated "vaccine passports." (Screenshot via Facebook)

In a social media announcement April 6, Gov. Bill Lee announced that he opposes any government requirements to show documentation of the COVID-19 vaccine, often referred to as "vaccine passports."

Lee said he believes whether a resident receives a vaccine or not to be a personal choice. Other states, including Texas, have made similar statements recently coming out against requirements to show proof of vaccination.


"I oppose vaccine passports," Lee said. "The COVID-19 vaccine should be a personal health choice, not a government requirement. I am supporting legislation to prohibit any government-mandated vaccine passports to protect the privacy of Tennesseans' health information and ensure this vaccine remains a voluntary, personal decision.

As of April 6, there are at least two bills in the Tennessee Legislature that would prohibit state and local government entities from requiring vaccinations as a condition of employment. Both bills were filed in mid-January and are currently in subcommittee. The bills as written would not apply to privately owned businesses.

See the full post from Lee below.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.