FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Some Fort Wayne city councilmembers are concerned with people's individual freedoms and the right to make medical decisions on their own with their doctors.
Others say the ordinance would be unnecessary because of a bill Gov. Eric Holcomb signed in late April.
Fort Wayne resident Dre Morris has mixed feelings about a vaccine passport.
“When you’re going from country to country or continent to continent you may say, for vaccines, it’s more important to me,” Morris said. “But when you’re going local I don’t mind it. Because when you’re going out of the country that’s way more things that you could run into so we don’t have a lot of control.”
City Councilman Paul Ensley says he wants to listen to people’s concerns about the ramifications of a passport.
“A lot of people have concerns about their privacy, their bodily autonomy, their ability to … make their own medical decisions with their doctor,” he said.
But some argue this isn’t necessary because Governor Holcomb already signed a bill saying state and local legislatures won’t require vaccine passports.
“It just sends a message that there would be no support,” Councilwoman Sharon Tucker said. “However the bill that was passed and signed by the governor, it clearly says that no government, [including] local government body has the ability to do that anyway.”
Political scientist Andrew Downs says even if this is approved in two weeks, it likely won’t do much.
“Clearly because this is an ordinance and there will be a vote on it, they’re actually able to point to individuals and say this person is for or against that,” Downs said. “But because there is no enforcement provision here, there really is not a whole lot that will come from this.”
For now, Morris will be enjoying his time outside with his kids.
“You see this, you go out and see the sun rising and all that, and you see kids going around, it’s such a good thing,” Morris said.
The plan is for the final vote to take place on June 22.
We’ll keep you updated on this story and any new developments before then.