Washington, DC is now one of a growing number cities in the US that requires proof of vaccination before they can enter public areas. The reason? Rapid spread of the Covid-19 Omicron variant.
“Beginning Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 6am, certain establishments will be required to verify that patrons aged 12 and older have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine,”A Wednesday press release by Mayor Murial bowser indicated that residents have one month left to get fully immunized.
It will impact many indoor businesses and public places, such as bars, nightclubs and entertainment venues. Although no definition has been provided, “event and meeting establishments,”They will also be subject to the vaccination requirement.
There are many ways to prove vaccination status in the city, such as an official CDC document. “immunization record”Provided by a healthcare provider or any of the multiple verification apps like VaxYes and CLEAR. It remains unclear whether proof of natural immunity from a prior infection will be accepted, as the mayor’s office spoke only of vaccines.
The city also gave businesses an example of what type of signage they could place at their locations to remind customers of vaccination requirements. But, it was not clear whether this signage would be included in the mandate.
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The nation’s capital has joined a number of other localities introducing similar vaccine requirements, with Chicago, Boston and New York City also mandating the jab for various groups and certain settings. In contrast to DC’s rules, Chicago has mandated that all residents aged five and older receive the shot, while the Big Apple’s requirements have extended to private schools and those working in childcare.