Anne Arundel Considering Vaccine Passport Vendors

On Tuesday, September 7, 2021, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman spoke with reporters regarding vaccine passports.

WBAL and the Daily Record report that Executive Pittman is expected to provide an announcement in the near future detailing a “passport system for vaccines and COVID-19 testing.”

A spokesperson for Executive Pittman noted the county is considering tech vendors to assist businesses looking to verify vaccination status for safe reopening purposes. As reported in the Daily Record:

A spokesman for Pittman said a vendor would “help facilitate for private entities a vaccine passport style app or program to make it easier for businesses, nonprofits and others to check that vaccine (status) as they reopen.

[Executive Pittman] said he believes such a system could help businesses and the county encourage vaccinations among employees and customers and restore some consumer confidence lost during the pandemic.

Pittman told reporters he plans to hold a meeting with business leaders to hear their concerns about reopening during the pandemic.

The news follows Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich’s calls from last week to pursue a vaccine passport requirement. The Daily Record adds that neither Howard County nor Baltimore County are currently considering the use of vaccine passports.

An early version of this post suggested Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman is seeking an immediate vaccine passport requirement. Some content has been modified to reflect statements from Executive Pittman’s office.

Read the full WBAL article.

Read the full Daily Record article.