Montgomery Co. considers COVID vaccine a ‘passport’
According to the proposal, anyone entering a restaurant, bar, theater or fitness center, for example, would have to provide proof of COVID vaccination. But that wouldn’t apply to places of worship, grocery stores, and big box stores.
DC has one, and now Montgomery County, Md., Is considering requiring a “passport” for the COVID-19 vaccine. Such a measure would require customers of bars, restaurants and a number of other businesses to provide proof of vaccination.
The measure is presented to the county council with presentations by Raymond Crowel, director of the county health and social services department; James Bridgers, Acting County Health Officer; and Earl Stoddard, Deputy Executive Director.
According to the proposal, anyone entering a restaurant, bar, theater or fitness center, for example, would have to provide proof of vaccination to enter. Places of worship, grocery stores, and big box stores, however, wouldn’t have to demand it.
According to the resolution submitted to the council, a vaccination card issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or a vaccination certificate from MyIR – the state portal that provides access to vaccination records – would serve as proof.
If passed by county council, the resolution would come into effect in stages, the first being on January 22, when anyone 12 years of age or older will need to show that they have received at least the first dose of a COVID vaccine. -19.
The third and final step would go into effect on March 1, when anyone 5 years of age or older will need to show they are fully vaccinated but not boosted.
A public hearing on the vaccination passport is scheduled for Tuesday, January 18.
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