New York, America’s largest city and metro area, will require workers and patrons to provide proof of vaccination for entry into spaces like restaurants, gyms, entertainment venues, and performance spaces. (The New York Times).
The news comes as the country struggles with the highly contagious Delta variant and a stunted vaccination program. Currently, less than half of America is fully vaccinated, with NYC faring a bit better with having 66% of adults fully vaccinated.
According to ABC New York, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio stated, “So today I announce a new approach, which we are calling the ‘Key to NYC Pass.’ The key to NYC. When you hear those words, I want you to imagine the notion that because someone is vaccinated they can do all the amazing things available in NYC. This is a miraculous place literally full of wonders. If you are vaccinated all that is going to open up to you, you have the key, you can open the door. If you are unvaccinated, unfortunately, you will not be able to participate in many things. That’s the point we are trying to get across.”
The program is set to take effect soon, however, it won’t be enforced until mid-September, giving residents and businesses time to learn and adjust to the new rules.
Hopefully, other cities across the country will soon require proof of vaccination. We have the tools to end the pandemic and keep people safe. It is now time to implement the changes we need so everyone can live a happy, healthy life.