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Ducey bans ‘vaccine passports’ in Arizona

Governor says residents should not be forced to reveal their medical histories

PHOENIX, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Gov. Doug Ducey (R-Ariz.) on Monday issued an Executive Order banning so-called "vaccine passports" in Arizona, and preventing state and local government from requiring residents to provide their coronavirus vaccine history.

The Governor announced the order via Twitter:

Under the Executive Order, state agencies, counties, cities and towns cannot enact measures require vaccine history in order to enter a business, building, or area, or to receive government services, permits, or licenses. It also prevents businesses that contract with the state from requiring such documentation.

Private businesses and health care facilities are not included in the order. Child care centers, schools, and universities will also be allowed to require proof of vaccine history, as will long-term care facilities and nursing homes.

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Lisa Sturgis

Lisa Sturgis recently returned to KYMA as its Digital Content Director, but she and her family have a long history in the Desert Southwest.

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Mercedes Martinez

Mercedes Martinez joined the KSWT team as anchor/producer in October 2020. You can catch her on 13 On Your Side at 4:00pm.

Mercedes was born in San Diego and raised in the border-town of Calexico, California. She is an Imperial Valley native and definitely no stranger to Yuma county.

Mercedes began her journalism career at San Jose State University as she was a part of their campus newscast that aired every Friday, joined “El Espartano Noticias,” and was an on-air talent for the San Jose Film Festival in 2017. Her highlight during that time was the opportunity to interview actress, Jane Lynch.

Mercedes then continued her journey to CSU Sacramento and received her B.A in Journalism and minor in Communication Studies. She did an internship with Telemundo in Sacramento, which allowed her to gain experience and build relationships.

Mercedes believes that everyone has a story and should use their voice to tell it and inspire others.

Outside of work, Mercedes spends time with her friends and family. She is passionate about cooking, baking, traveling, playing guitar and writing songs.

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