New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today that proof of vaccination will be required for indoor dining, gyms, or entertainment.
The “Key to NYC pass” program will go into effect on 8/16 and the city will begin enforcing compliance on 9/13. You will need to carry your paper COVID vaccine card or have the NY Excelsior Pass app.
Vaccination will be required for both employees and customers.
I’m very uneasy about the stripping of liberties and requiring papers, but there’s no doubt that vaccines help. In Florida, where hospitals are filling up to capacity yet again due to the COVID-19 delta strain, over 95% of hospitalizations are from unvaccinated patients. Some 48% of the state’s population is fully vaccinated and 57% is at least partially vaccinated. There’s no denying that the vaccines work and they work well.
It’s just brutal reading about unvaccinated young people dying from COVID.
Yes, vaccinated people have been infected with the delta strain, but the vaccine has fulfilled its purpose in preventing severe infections and many unnecessary hospitalizations and deaths.
Do you think other cities will follow NYC’s lead here? Will this push you to get vaccinated? Or will it just push you to leave NYC?
HT: Zalmy Silver