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RESOLUTION NO.

R-15-C-2021

A RESOLUTION OF THE ST. JOSEPH COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, ADOPTING A

NO VAX PASSPORT RESOLUTION

Whereas St. Joseph County has led a successful campaign to vaccinate its residents against Covid-19,
and 34% of its citizens have received at least one vaccination, which is on its own more than 92 percent
effective;

Whereas 62% percent of county residents 60 and older are fully vaccinated against Covid-19; and this
age group has had access to vaccinations since February;

Whereas all populations 16 and older are now are eligible and have access to the vaccine;

Whereas 58% of St. Joseph County citizens may already have infection­acquired immunity using
calculations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;

Whereas herd immunity, which includes both vaccinated and those with infection-acquired immunity,
has either been achieved or will shortly be realized;

Whereas doctors now have a better understanding Covid-19 and effective treatment options for those
who will still acquire the virus;

Whereas every citizen who wants a vaccine has the right to obtain one, but no vaccine should be
mandated or required by law;

Whereas people have the right to refuse vaccination based on religious, medical or personal reasons,
and every medical intervention requires informed consent and the right of refusal, including the Covid-
19 vaccine;

Whereas private health information on vaccine status should not be required by any government
mandate or by any business operating places of public accommodation;

Whereas even widespread adoption of so-called Covid-19 passports by businesses on an allegedly


voluntary basis will unduly and unnecessarily restrict the freedom of Americans; harm patient privacy;
and have a negative financial impact on individuals of color and other marginalized communities;

Whereas so-called Covid-19 passports will create a two-tiered society, where some people will have
rights, and others will lose their freedom;

Whereas once a so-called Covid-19 passport system is in place, it could be manipulated to restrict
freedom based on not just vaccine status, but also on the basis of protected activity (such as the
exercise of free speech or religious activity), protected categories (race, ethnicity, sex, disability, etc.), or
any personal decision or preference that a government or business considers acceptable;

Whereas the Board of Commissioners desires to express its opposition to so­called vaccine passports
and to express its support for the rights of individuals and families living in a community to direct their
own health futures.
NOW, THERFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, IN
DIANA, that the Board expresses its opposition to so­called vaccine passports and any other similar
legislation that disenfranchises local citizens of the right to make their own health care choices and
move freely within society.

ADOPTED THE 4th DAY OF MAY 2021

THE ST. JOSEPH COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

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Andrew T. Kostielney, President

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Deborah A. Fleming, D.M.D., Vice-President

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Derek Dieter, Member

ATTEST:___________________________

Michael J. Hamann
St. Joseph County Auditor

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