THE CAPITOL – Representative Jorge Navarro Suárez announced on Friday that after talking with various sectors of the representative district, he agreed to withdraw House Bill 822.
“The legislative measure was intended to empower the Puerto Rico Department of Health to issue a digital credential in favor of any person who receives the COVID-19 vaccine. The intention was to replace the paper vaccination card with a digital one. This type of measure has been adopted in states such as New York and California. In addition, it has been adopted in the European Union and countries like Argentina, “said the legislator in a written communication.
“I submitted House Bill 822 to replace the paper vaccination card with a digital one. However, conservative sectors misinterpreted the measure and have asked me to withdraw the measure. I want to facilitate dialogue and start an educational process on the importance of vaccination and how we should avoid fraud. For that reason, I decided to withdraw House Bill 822 until said dialogue and guidance on the measure can be completed, ”said the legislator.
He pointed out that the measure generated confusion and tension among conservative groups in the Representative District. They erroneously interpreted that the measure obliges the citizen to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. According to the representative, the main purpose of the measure is to combat fraud with COVID-19 vaccination cards.
He added that “in the coming days I will be announcing additional measures to combat fraud with the COVID-19 vaccination and promote vaccination.”