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A digital pandemic access card could be offered soon in Connecticut, other nearby states

Griffin Health RN Amy Busch prepares doses of the Pfizer vaccine made specifically for children ages 5 to 11. Health workers administered more than 150 doses during the COVID vaccine clinic at Elm City Montessori School. The event, which was supposed to end at 4 p.m., was extended to 6 p.m. so that everyone in line could get a shot.
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Griffin Health RN Amy Busch prepares doses of the Pfizer vaccine made for children ages 5 to 11.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont said digital pandemic access cards will be tested next week.

Lamont says and they could be rolled out within ten days, around Monday, Dec. 20.

"What I want to do is get that digital health card and make it available to every single business, restaurant, and store, and let them make the right decision in terms of allowing people into their facility, letting them have the information if the person is unvaccinated they have to wear a mask," Lamont said. "I don't think we need more mandates than that."

Other states and cities are also considering vaccine passports.

Connecticut's cards would connect to the state's vaccination database to provide proof that a person is vaccinated against COVID-19.

The card system is being set up in cooperation with Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and possibly New York.

Lamont says the roll-out of the card system was delayed by a "false start" when it was first tested.
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Matt Dwyer produces The Wheelhouse, WNPR's journalist round table and news analysis show. He also and reports for the station. Counting his time in college, Matt has been doing news on the radio in Connecticut since 1996, at stations including WTIC AM, WILI AM/FM, and WHUS FM. He has won regional Murrow Awards and Connecticut AP Awards.