Gov. Lamont: Connecticut businesses won't be mandated to require vaccinations
Gov. Ned Lamont this week discussed the possibility of a digital ID card for proof of COVID vaccination, and officials say the idea is to help businesses who want to require vaccination for entry.
Lamont Wednesday avoided the words "vaccine passport" as he discussed working with other Northeast states on a standardized digital vaccine ID card.
Lamont says the system would make it easier for businesses across the region to check vaccine status at the door, emphasizing that no Connecticut business would be forced to require vaccination.
Local cities and towns have used mask mandates in the past when COVID-19 numbers were on the rise. But town executives say they're in no rush for those mandates to come back.
Greenwich First Selectman Fred Camillo says the way COVID-19 numbers stand in Greenwich now, he doesn't see businesses needing to check vaccine cards just yet.
"I talk to local business people every day, and not one has brought that up to me yet. So, I'm just urging people to not overreact yet. Over the next few weeks, we'll see just how potent this new variant is," said Camillo.
Earlier this week, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said between 15 and 20 states are cooperating on the "vaccine passport" system.