New York Introduces Vaccine Passport System


New York is the first major U.S. city to launch a vaccine passport system, now requiring all employees and customers at indoor restaurants, bars, gyms and entertainment venues to provide proof that they have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. Enforcement of the passport won’t begin until mid-September, allowing businesses a chance to get acclimated. The city has yet to clarify what that enforcement will look like, though the mayor said there will be inspections and possibly fines issued for those who fail to comply.

“This is a miraculous place literally full of wonders. And, if you’re vaccinated, all that’s going to open up to you. You’ll have the key. You can open the door,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said early last month when unveiling the plan, called the Key to NYC Pass. “But, if you’re unvaccinated, unfortunately, you will not be able to participate in many things,” the mayor said. “It’s time for people to see vaccination as literally necessary to living a good and full and healthy life.”

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