San Francisco to require vaccine for some public places

San Francisco will become the first city in the United States to require the presentation of vaccine evidence against Covid-19 for access to certain public places, without the possibility of presenting a negative test, the mayor of the great California city said on Thursday. announced.

Bars, restaurants, nightclubs, theaters and other places of entertainment as well as sports halls are also affected by the measure which will come into effect on August 20 for customers and October 13 for employees of establishments.

“Why are we doing this? To protect workers, children, who can’t be vaccinated,” Mayor London Breed said at a news conference.

“We know that for our city to recover from the pandemic and thrive, we have to use the best way to fight COVID-19, and (that way) are vaccines,” she said.

Children under the age of 12 who are not currently eligible for vaccination in the United States are not covered by this requirement.

Currently, 77 percent of the approximately 900,000 residents of San Francisco have received at least one dose of an anti-Covid vaccine, and 71 percent are fully vaccinated.

In a press conference on Thursday, White House pandemic coordinator Jeff Ziants advocated mandatory vaccination plans, especially from employers, which he said “will help keep people safe and help stop the spread of the virus.”

In early August, New York became the first US city to produce a vaccination passport, which will be launched on August 16.

The device, dubbed the “Key to the NYC Pass”, would require “vaccination of indoor restaurant, sports hall and theater staff and customers”, explained Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, specifying that “at least one dose” is required. Will happen. Of the vaccine, however – unlike in San Francisco – a negative test could also allow access.

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According to local media, the very touristy city of New Orleans, in Louisiana, should announce Thursday the introduction of a vaccine passport for its bars and restaurants as well as access to some structures such as the Superdome’s giant stadium canopy. .

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