DAVE & DUJANOVIC

Vaccine passport requirement moves step closer to honor system at Utah Capitol

Mar 2, 2022, 7:51 PM
FILE - A medical staff member prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Tudor Ranch in Mecca...
FILE - A medical staff member prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Tudor Ranch in Mecca, Calif. on Jan. 21, 2021. In the early days of 2021, television screens were filled with images of people across the country getting shots of the new COVID-19 vaccine. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

SALT LAKE CITY — Any requirement in Utah that businesses or government entities must check the  COVID-19 immunization status — i.e. a vaccine passport — of workers and citizens moved one step closer to death in the Legislature this week. A state senator explains a bill’s progression from vaccine passport to an honor system between employer and employee.

House Bill 60, which would prohibit businesses and government from requiring vaccine passports for entry, passed Tuesday on a 7-to-2 vote of in the Utah Senate:

This bill enacts a prohibition on the use of an individual’s immunity status by places of public accommodation, governmental entities and employers.

The bill awaits approval by the full Senate. But things got heated before the vote in the Senate Taxation and Revenue Committee meeting.

One man in attendance violating the Legislature’s rules of decorum “was asked to leave and wouldn’t, so he was helped out of the meeting, then arrested and cited,” said UHP Cpl. Tara Wahlberg.

Utah Bill To Ban Vaccine Passports Given Committee OK After Tense Meeting

Sen. Dan McCay, R-Riverton, who chairs the committee, joined KSL NewsRadio’s Dave & Dujanovic to discuss the bill and what it means for employees, employers and customers.

During an interim legislative session, McCay said a bill was passed that required employers to offer vaccine exemptions under three specific situations:

  1. religious exemption
  2. medical reason
  3. personal-belief exemption

“The hard part of balancing the bill is trying to get the property rights of the individual or business balanced appropriately against somebody’s desire to have the people that enter their property be vaccinated,” McCay said.

Honor system

“Can a company, under this this bill, require me as an employee to show them my vaccine status?” Debbie asked.

“That is the the clarification the bill: It does not allow employers to ask for a copy of a vaccination card or anything else. Employers aren’t now allowed to ask for personal medical information or documentation to support it.

“They can ask you if you’re vaccinated, then you can answer yes or no, but they cannot — and this is consistent with HIPAA and other regulations — force you to produce medical documentation showing that you are vaccinated or whatever else,” McCay said.

“So they just have to take your word for it,” Dave said.

“Yes, they got to take your word for it. And if you don’t trust your employee, that’s a tough spot to be in as well,” McCay said.

 

Dave & Dujanovic can be heard weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon. on KSL NewsRadio. Users can find the show on the KSL NewsRadio website and app, as well as Apple Podcasts and Google Play.

Read more:

Today’s Top Stories

Dave & Dujanovic

High water in the Gardiner River along the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Montana, ...
Curt Gresseth

Be ready for flash flooding: Expert shares advice

An expert with the Utah Division of Emergency Management shares his expertise and crucial tips on how to be ready for flash flooding when you are in a vehicle or at home.
21 hours ago
salt lake mayorMendenhall guns...
Curt Gresseth

After NY law is struck down, two Utah experts sound off on gun rights

Two advocates on either side of the gun-control vs. gun rights debate sound off on the Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling to expand the right to carry a firearm in public.
6 days ago
Salt Lake County Search and Rescue safely rescued a hiker  out of the Lisa Falls trail on Friday.
P...
Curt Gresseth

Search and rescue expert has tips for hikers

Before you head out on your hike, take someone with you, tell somebody where you are going and when you plan to return. Those are just a few words for hikers from an expert on search and rescue.
7 days ago
A fire engine is seen as the Sheep fire burns in Wrightwood, Calif., Monday, June 13, 2022. (AP Pho...
Curt Gresseth

Be Ready Utah: What to do when wildfires close in on your home

Will you be ready if wildfires close in on your home? A survivor of a wildfire shares his experience and an expert shares tips and advice.
8 days ago
(Photo Credit: CNN/Shutterstock)...
Curt Gresseth

What is behind rising credit-card debt? Financial expert weighs in.

A national expert explains the sudden rise in credit-card debt in April and what you can do to lower your monthly payments.
14 days ago
first time millennial homebuyer Utah...
Curt Gresseth

Housing market in Utah looking better for first-time home buyers, says real-estate agent.

Is the American Dream once again reachable for younger adults as the housing market in Utah slows? A real estate agent discusses the cooling housing market and what that means for first-time home buyers.
14 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
Follow @ikeyospe...

Tax Tuesday: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Filing Their Taxes

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
Follow @ikeyospe...

Tax Tuesday: How will last year’s child tax credits affect you?

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
Vaccine passport requirement moves step closer to honor system at Utah Capitol