FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Fort Wayne City Council voted 5-2 against a resolution that opposes government-required COVID-19 vaccine passports at Tuesday's meeting.
“There may be a time in which people are not gonna be able to go buy and sell and do normal transactions, be able to go to the grocery store without having a vaccine that a lot of people have questions about,” Councilman Jason Arp said.
Arp, the co-sponsor of the resolution, says he wants to discourage discrimination based on individuals’ healthcare choices.
“I have questions about the vaccine and so do a lot of reasonable people about a vaccine that was created under operation warp speed,” Arp added.
For Councilwoman Sharon Tucker, there is no question. That’s why she opposes the resolution.
“Make sure that they educate themselves on the benefits of becoming vaccinated, to get vaccinated if that is something they chose to do, so we can continue to make sure we keep our community safe,” Tucker said.
Some Fort Wayne residents came to citizens square to show their support for Councilman Arp.
“This resolution is one step to protect all Fort Wayne. And I mean all citizens' rights against forced mandated vaccine passports,” a woman at the podium said.
Among them, Fran Bingham.
The Hoosiers For Medical Liberty member says passports are an infringement of her civil liberties.
“Everyone has a choice. I would fully support anybody who makes the choice to get the shot, as well as, support those to make the choice not to,” Bingham said.
Ultimately — she says — we should all have the freedom to chose.