San Francisco became the first major metropolis in the nation to require proof of full vaccination against COVID 19 on Friday for people eating inside restaurants, working out in gyms or attending indoor concerts.
The mandate, that went into force, will require certain businesses, including restaurants and gyms to check the vaccination status of their customers.
Mayor London Breed announced the requirement more than a week ago to stem mounting COVID 19 cases, despite 80 per cent of the city’s population being vaccinated, saying she was worried the extremely contagious delta variant could disrupt the city’s economic rebound.
Officials hope by requiring evidence of vaccination, those holding off on getting one will be encouraged to go and get one.
The mandate will require all businesses with indoor dining, including restaurants, bars and theatres, to have customers show evidence of vaccination.
It’s also required in areas where heavy breathing occurs, including gyms, yoga studios, and other recreational and fitness buildings.
All large outdoor events surpassing 1,000 people will be required to get vaccination records from anyone 12 years and older.
The mandate doesn’t apply to people unsuitable for vaccines, including children under 12.
City officials said a paper card issued by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, a photo of the CDC card, or a verified digital vaccine record will satisfy, and that evidence of vaccination issued by foreign governments was also satisfactory.
San Francisco has pushed further in its attempts to control COVID 19 by being the first city to require its workers to be vaccinated. Workers can’t opt-out of vaccination and will receive weekly coronavirus tests.
Workers have until October 13 to show they’re completely vaccinated.
It follows several robust COVID 19 measures San Francisco imposed since the start of the pandemic. The city, and its adjacent counties in the Bay Area, were the first in the nation to order residents to stay at home to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
The majority of the 36,000 city workers said they’re vaccinated, but about 4,300 are not.
A newspaper outlet said the city sent letters recommending a 10-day suspension without pay for 20 employees in the police, fire and sheriff’s department who refused to report their vaccination status by the August 12 deadline.
In preparation for the new mandate, restaurants and bars have posted signs and added additional personnel to begin establishing evidence of vaccination.
The problem is, if people support these vaccine passports, then they’re giving the government the primary power to decide what should be injected into our bodies medically, and it’s not your choice anymore unless you want to lose your job et cetera, but when isolated from daily life and work, it becomes a necessity to collaborate with the government’s decisions on what injections you need.
But why has the government determined that people need to get a vaccine that doesn’t keep them from getting COVID, or spreading it to someone else, and why is it so important to disparage others who wish to make an informed decision for themselves?
Perhaps they should check vaccination status when criminals come into stores, intent on stealing merchandise – it’s looking more like US Nazism is starting in San Francisco, while people line up to have their documents checked like good little sheep.
People’s rights are being stripped from them over a virus that has a 99.98 per cent survival rate, as they step over the homeless, human faeces, drugs, syringes and vomit and other refuse to get inside restaurants and bars, while all thinking that they’re free – and nothing looks more dystopian than that thought.