Governor Mark Gordon (Wyoming PBS, Youtube)

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon’s office said on Friday that Gordon has issued a directive preventing state agencies, boards and commissions from requiring people to show “vaccine passports” in order to access state spaces or get state services.

The directive orders state agencies to provide people full access regardless of whether they have gotten a COVID-19 vaccine.

“Vaccine passport programs have the potential to politicize a decision that should not be politicized,” Gordon said. “They would divide our citizens at a time when unity in fighting the virus is essential, and harm those who are medically unable to receive the vaccine. While I strongly encourage Wyomingites over the age of 16 to get vaccinated against COVID-19, it is a personal choice based upon personal circumstances.”

Gordon is also urging counties, cities and towns and private businesses to provide full access to spaces and services regardless of someone’s vaccination state.

Over 180,000 Wyoming residents have received a COVID-19 vaccine.

“Both the Governor and First Lady have been vaccinated, and he continues to urge residents to choose to receive the vaccine to protect lives and help Wyoming move closer to ending the pandemic,” Gordon’s office said. “A copy of the Governor’s directive is attached and may be found here.”