Digital health ID for upcoming COVID-19 vaccination status in Connecticut – NBC Connecticut

Some establishments already require proof of vaccination prior to entry. Now there will be a new way to deliver this information in Connecticut: a digital health identifier.

The technology is similar to vaccine passports used in other states. Governor Ned Lamont announced on Friday that he would be in Connecticut by the end of the year.

The governor said this is a new tool available to local businesses, but its use will not be a warrant.

“What I want to do is get this digital health card, make it available to every business, restaurant, store, let them make the right decision in terms of authorizing people at their facility,” said Lamont.

The governor expects to see interest from retailers and restaurants that were hit hard during the lockdown.

At Music & Arts in West Hartford, sales rep Pete Borzellino is not yet sure whether the store will use the technology, but believes it will be practical.

“It will just be a little easier to follow,” Borzellino said. “It’s easy to lose things, I lost my card not that long ago.”

His client, Frank Bonavento, agrees.

“It sounds more like ease of access than anything else,” Bonavento said.

Lamont’s announcement comes as New York Governor Kathy Hochul on Friday announced that all public places that do not require proof of full vaccination must require masks on Monday.

However, Lamont said he has no plans to implement new statewide mandates.

“You voluntarily get the digital health card and the stores voluntarily use it as they see fit,” he said.

Nonetheless, the Powerhouse Super Gym in Berlin co-owner has concerns, saying the gym suffered a big financial hit during the foreclosure. Jack Banks is concerned this could lead to regulations.

“Even though it starts out as something voluntary, a lot of things started as voluntary and suddenly they become obligatory. And I’m afraid of the slippery slope, ”Banks said.

Eric Gjede of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association sees this as a way for people to feel more comfortable doing their local shopping during the holiday season.

“We really don’t want to see any more restrictions on businesses,” Gjede said. “But businesses can choose whether or not they want to use it, and they’ll be able to provide a little more peace of mind to other customers.

Lamont said the digital vaccine verification system could be rolled out on a regional basis in partnership with Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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