Montgomery County Considers Vaccine Passports

The proposal would be like DC’s vaccine requirement which takes effect this weekend and requires proof of vaccination for people 12 and older to enter a restaurant, entertainment venues, gyms or other place where people congregate.

The County Council’s proposal would require proof of vaccination to access indoor bars, restaurants, coffee shops, museums, gyms and concert venues. Houses of worship, grocery stores and big-box stores would not be included.

A vaccination card issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or an immunization certificate from the state’s immunization records portal would suffice as proof.

The next step is a public hearing on January 18. If passed, the measure would be phased in with anyone 12 or older showing proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination beginning January 22. By March 1, anyone 5 or older would have to show they are fully vaccinated but not boosted.

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott has floated the idea of a regional vaccine passport. County leaders have not reached a consensus on the idea.