Will businesses or airlines require a vaccine passport?

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- As COVID numbers continue to decrease and people are beginning to travel more, the term “vaccine passport” has been popping up…but what does it mean?

The CDC has now stated that fully vaccinated people can travel in the U.S. without having a COVID test or quarantining after. 

Will airlines or other businesses one day require proof of the vaccine? 

Med Center Health’s Corporate Director of Pharmacy Melinda Joyce describes what exactly a vaccine passport is. 

“It would be a way to carry with you information about your COVID vaccine. So it would be a way that if you were going to travel, or to get into a kind of business, you would actually have a document that’s got all of your information about your COVID vaccines on it,” said Joyce. 

WNKY news asked people in Bowling Green what they thought about needing a “vaccine passport”.

“In my perspective, it’s a necessity,” said resident Austin McCoy.  

“You want to go see something at a company, if they want to do that, that’s their business and I can understand that,” said resident Jimmy Jackson.  

“I think with the new COVID and everything, if you’re going to travel it’s safer for everybody else, especially if you’re coming from a state that’s a hot zone to a state that’s not. To have that protection to say I’m vaccinated that’s a good thing,” said resident Jason Belgard. 

Joyce says only time will tell if they will be required in the future. 

“I don’t think it’s a particularly bad idea at all. I think it’s just going to be one of those things that whether or not we can come to an agreement from a governmental standpoint or a regulatory standpoint, that I think is a much bigger question and I don’t know if that’s going to happen for a while,” said Joyce.