Commonwealth Policy Center

A headline at Breitbart said that 80 Republicans voted for a federal vaccination database. It’s true that 80 Republicans voted for a bill, but the contents of the bill have been misleading. Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw from Texas clarified his vote by stating that states already have vaccine databases. He said, “We just made current databases…secure against federal government tracking.” The bill will prevent Democratic governors from reporting the vaccine status of their citizens to the CDC and other federal government agencies. State vaccine databases certainly can be abused, and we should protect the health privacy of all Kentuckians. But to make these more secure, we should look to the state legislature to defend the health privacy of citizens and not the federal government.