MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers inched closer to approving a ban on so-called vaccine passports that would require proof of coronavirus vaccination to access services from a business or state agency.

The House Health Committee voted Wednesday to send the bill to House of Representatives for a vote. It has already cleared the Alabama Senate.

The bill contains a number of exceptions. Surgeons, dentists, medical institutions, hospitals and other health care providers are exempted.

Universities could still require students to receive a vaccine, however there would be exceptions for vaccines approved for “emergency use” by the FDA. The COVID-19 vaccines are approved for such emergency use.

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