Sec. 161.0085. COVID-19 Vaccine Passports Prohibited

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Sec. 161.0085. COVID-19 Vaccine Passports Prohibited

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Summary of Legislation

Prevents, other than health care, from using vaccine passports.

Our Overall Evaluation


Good law but it needs to prevent vaccine passports even for medical purposes.

How it Affects the Medical Freedom Framework

MFA Article MFA Title Score vs. MFA Comment
1 MFA-01-Unwanted Medical Procedures 0
2 MFA-02-Access to Treatment 0
3 MFA-03-Emergency Production 0
4 MFA-04-Free Speech Protection 0
5 MFA-05-Informed Consent 0
6 MFA-06-Product Treatment and Safety 0
7 MFA-07-Predatory Business Practices 0
8 MFA-08-CFA/FDA/NIH Reform 0
9 MFA-09-Patient Centric Care 0
10 MFA-10-Protections for Medical Professions 0
11 MFA-11-Medical Manufacturing 0
12 MFA-12-Civil Liberties Protections 4
13 MFA-13-Financial Protections 0
14 MFA-14-Limits to Government Power 4
15 MFA-15-Qualified Immunity 0
16 MFA-16-Protected Medical Class 0
17 MFA-17-Privacy Protections 0
18 MFA-18-Criminal Penalties 0
19 MFA-19-Medical Experiments & Research Protections 0
20 MFA-20-Military 0
21 MFA-21-Medical Information Technology 0
22 MFA-22-Employee Protection 5
23 MFA-23-Consumer Protections 5
24 MFA-24-Healthcare Provider Education 0
25 MFA-25-Definitions 0
26 MFA-26-Scope 0

Complete Legislation Text

Sec. 161.0085. COVID-19 VACCINE PASSPORTS PROHIBITED. (a) In this section, "COVID-19" means the 2019 novel coronavirus disease.

(b) A governmental entity in this state may not issue a vaccine passport, vaccine pass, or other standardized documentation to certify an individual's COVID-19 vaccination status to a third party for a purpose other than health care or otherwise publish or share any individual's COVID-19 immunization record or similar health information for a purpose other than health care.

(c) A business in this state may not require a customer to provide any documentation certifying the customer's COVID-19 vaccination or post-transmission recovery on entry to, to gain access to, or to receive service from the business. A business that fails to comply with this subsection is not eligible to receive a grant or enter into a contract payable with state funds.

(d) Notwithstanding any other law, each appropriate state agency shall ensure that businesses in this state comply with Subsection (c) and may require compliance with that subsection as a condition for a license, permit, or other state authorization necessary for conducting business in this state.

(e) This section may not be construed to:

(1) restrict a business from implementing COVID-19 screening and infection control protocols in accordance with state and federal law to protect public health; or

(2) interfere with an individual's right to access the individual's personal health information under federal law.

Added by Acts 2021, 87th Leg., R.S., Ch. 863 (S.B. 968), Sec. 14, eff. June 16, 2021.