Hancock County Indiana Ban Vaccine Passport Resolution
THIS RESOLUTION WAS PASSED BY THE HANCOCK COUNTY INDIANA COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 31ST. 2 TO 1 VOTE
STATE OF INDIANA
BEFORE THE BOARD OF HANCOCK COUNTY
RESOLUTION NO. 21-08-___-___
RESOLUTION FOR HEALTHCARE FREEDOM & PRIVACY AND AGAINST MANDATORY COVID-19 IMMUNIZATION PASSPORTS
WHEREAS: the Hancock County Board of Commissioners desire to confirm their support for the prohibition of vaccine passports and the individual and business freedom of choice as to the Covid-19 vaccine on behalf of the citizens of Hancock County;
1. The purpose of this resolution is to support and reaffirm liberty and freedom of choice for individuals, their families, and the organizations for which they work in deciding on the Covid-19 vaccine.
2. The Board of Commissioners (“Board”) of Hancock County, Indiana ("County"), is the executive body of County government pursuant to the provisions of I.C. 36-2-2-2 and the legislative body of County government pursuant to the provisions of I.C. 36- 1-2-9.
3. I.C. 16-39-11-3 identifies an “Immunization Passport” as any written, electronic or printed information regarding whether an individual has or has not received vaccine to produce immunity against COVID-19.
4. I.C. 16-39-11-5 establishes that the State of Indiana and its local units of government are prohibited from issuing or requiring an immunization passport.
5.It is the opinion of this board that it is an unreasonable seizure of a person for the government to require a COVID-19 vaccine for all persons regardless of age, medical condition, or other factors.
6. It is the opinion of this board that it is an unreasonable invasion of privacy, including in any healthcare related facilities, except by your personal physician, to require a person to disclose the status of his or her healthcare, immunization or COVID-19 immunization status for employment, education, access to events, or engagement in normal commercial and recreational activities.
NOW, THEREFORE, THE FOLLOWING IS HEREBY RESOLVED BY THE BOARD:
1. Every person who wants to get a COVID-19 vaccine should be able to do so, and every person or parent that does not want to get a COVID-19 vaccine for themselves or their child should not be required to do so. Every person should rely on the advice of their personal physician or trusted health care provider when making such a decision.
2. It is the opinion of this board that it is an unreasonable seizure of a person, contrary to the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Article 1, Section 11 of the Indiana Constitution, for the government to require a COVID-19 vaccine for all persons regardless of age, medical condition, and other factors.
3. It is the opinion of this board that it is an unreasonable invasion of privacy, except in certain healthcare related activities and other exceptional circumstances, to require a person to disclose the status of his or her COVID-19 immunization for employment, education, access to events, or engagement in normal commercial and recreational activities.
4. Indiana Code §16-39-11-5 establishes that the State of Indiana and its local units of government are prohibited from issuing or requiring a COVID-19 immunization passport, except as set forth in the section, and the Board wholeheartedly supports the addition of Chapter 11 to Indiana Code 16-39 as described.
5. The fact that the state legislature has codified this restriction for its own business and hiring practices is evidence that such practices may be considered discriminatory and contrary to the state and federal constitutions. It is, therefore, reasonable to assume such practices are suspect in our free and open society and should be avoided.
6. Lastly, the Board encourages businesses and schools in the County to avoid any measures or mandates that require employees, customers, patrons, students, or other persons, to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, or to produce health information on COVID-19 immunization status, otherwise known as COVID-19 immunization passports.
So passed and adopted by the Board of Commissioners of Hancock County, Indiana, this _____ day of July, 2021.
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS,
HANCOCK COUNTY, INDIANA
Debra Carnes, AuditorJohn Jessup, President
Bill Spaulding, Member
Marc Huber, Member
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