There has been a lot of talk in the travel world about vaccine passports and requiring proof of a COVID-19 vaccine in order to travel. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says that Florida will not require a vaccine passport or anything like it.
If you plan to attend concerts and major sporting events in Florida, you will not be required to show proof of receiving the vaccine. “I just want to make very clear in Florida, we are not doing any vaccine passports. All those experts said that it was a bad idea. I think it’s a bad idea and so that will not happen. And so folks should get vaccinated, if they want to, we’ll obviously provide that, but under no circumstances will the state be asking you to show proof of vaccination, and I don’t think private companies should be doing that either,” DeSantis said yesterday.
The topic resurfaced as the European Union announced its “Digital Green Certificate” plan that would allow those who are fully vaccinated to travel freely across the bloc. DeSantis said everyone should decide for themselves what activities and/or events they’re comfortable attending as well as whether or not to be vaccinated.
“To start going down the road of vaccine passports, I mean, you have some of these states saying to go to a sporting event, you have to show either a negative test or a vaccine proof. I think you just got to make decisions. If you want to go to an event, go to an event. If you don’t, don’t. But to be requiring people to provide all this proof, that’s not how you get society back to normal so we’re rejecting any vaccine passports here in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said.
There’s no official word on if vaccine passports will be required for any travel in the United States. You can see Governor DeSantis’s full press conference here.