January 27th, 2022
South Carolina Republicans are introducing a bill that would make it a criminal offense to ask anyone about their Covid vaccination status. H. 4848, the bill under consideration, was introduced on January 20.
“Any employee, officer, agent, or other representative of a public, nonprofit, or private entity who inquires about the COVID-19 vaccination status of any student, employee, member, or anyone else seeking admission on the entity’s premises is guilty of a misdemeanor,” the text of the bill states.
Demanding that someone provide their Covid vaccination status would be punishable by a fine of up to $14,000 fine or up to a year in jail, or both.
The bill is being spearheaded by South Carolina Rep. Mike Burns with Reps. Patrick Haddon, Steven Wayne Lond and William Chumley as its sponsors.
“This bill is primarily one to protect both your job, home, health insurance, car, future,” Burns told Newsweek.
“They cannot ask you if you are pregnant or intend to get pregnant, or HIV status. But they won’t to fire you when you disclose that you’re not taking the vaccine?” he added. “Who thinks all this is a great idea?”
Burns earlier told Fox News that insurance companies were planning on charging higher premiums for ‘unvaccinated’ people.
“They’re charging up to an extra $100 a week more than the vaccinated people,” he said. “It is absolutely insane to do this kind of thing.”
Numerous states have banned Covid passports, including Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Arkansas, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa, Missouri, Alaska, Mississippi, Indiana, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina.
A number of states, including Florida, Montana, Utah, Texas, Michigan, Indiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Georgia, also have a state worker vaccine mandate ban in place. These states also ban school mandates.