(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Rep. Chuck Gray (Natrona County) said Monday that he is drafting a bill to ban “vaccine passports” in Wyoming.

Governor Mark Gordon has already issued a directive preventing state agencies, boards and commissions from requiring people to show such “vaccine passports” in Wyoming in order to access state spaces or services.

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

When Gordon announced the ban on vaccine passports, he said vaccine passport programs “have the potential to politicize a decision that should not be politicized.”

“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,” Gordon said in a press release on May 7. “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.”

Gray said that the bill he is drafting for consideration in the Wyoming Legislature would strengthen Gordon’s ban on vaccine passports.

“The Governor’s Executive Order needs to be strengthened and a ban on vaccine passports need to be placed in state and federal statute,” Gray said via Facebook.

Wyoming continues to lag behind most of the nation in terms of the percentage of the population who has received a COVID-19 vaccine.