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The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a resolution to prohibit the use of mandatory vaccine passports by any county office, board or agent.

Board chairman Tom Patti wrote a letter to the board saying that vaccine passports or proof of vaccinations to enter a building will cause more issues for businesses and people.

“Our businesses have suffered throughout the pandemic,” Patti said. “This unnecessary restriction will further erode many businesses ability to survive by eliminating a large percentage of the un-vaccinated population from entering, working, using specific businesses or government services.”

Despite vaccination passports being adopted and required for entry to businesses in places like San Francisco, board members said it wouldn’t be useful for San Joaquin County.

Patti and fellow board members Chuck Winn, Robert Rickman, and Miguel Villapudua voted in favor of the resolution. Kathy Miller was absent during the meeting.