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Boston launches vaccine requirement for domestic businesses

A COVID-19 vaccine requirement for many indoor public spaces in Boston went into effect Saturday. Customers aged 12 and over will be required to show they have received at least one dose of the vaccine to enter restaurants, bars, nightclubs, gymnasiums and indoor entertainment venues. Proof of full vaccination will be required for adults by February 15. significant steps on the policy side to close these gaps and continue to protect our workforce and residents,” Wu said in an afternoon statement. “I continue to hear from our healthcare partners and healthcare institutions that the continued pressure on our healthcare system as a whole is still due to gaps in immunization rates.” Affected businesses will be required to post a sign at the main entrance and verify a customer’s proof of vaccination upon entry. Acceptable forms of evidence will include a vaccination card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a digital image of the card, an image from another official vaccination record, or a COVID-19 vaccine checker app. Also on Saturday, Boston launched its “B Together” app to allow individuals to store immunization records for themselves and for children or family members. It launched with support for English, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese. Other languages ​​will follow. On Monday, Governor Charlie Baker announced a different digital vaccine card system that vaccinated people in Massachusetts can get and download to their smartphones. This tool is built on the SMART Health Card standard, which is already used by several other states. Proof of the vaccination mandate in Boston is meeting with some opposition, as hundreds of protesters have been seen marching downtown. These demonstrators sometimes blocked traffic. Boston police say no one has been arrested in connection with the protest.

A COVID-19 vaccine requirement for many indoor public spaces in Boston went into effect Saturday.

Customers aged 12 and over will be required to show they have received at least one dose of the vaccine to enter restaurants, bars, nightclubs, gymnasiums and indoor entertainment venues. Proof of full vaccination will be required for adults by February 15.

There are certain exemptions, including performers who are not regularly employed by a venue, professional athletes and sports teams.

“Today’s launch of our Be Together policy means we are taking politically significant steps to close these gaps and continue to protect our workforce and residents,” Wu said in a statement from the agency. afternoon. “I continue to hear from our healthcare partners and healthcare facilities that the continued strain on our healthcare system as a whole is still due to discrepancies in immunization rates.”

Affected businesses will be required to post a sign at the main entrance and verify a customer’s proof of vaccination upon entry.

Acceptable forms of evidence will include a vaccination card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a digital image of the card, an image from another official vaccination record, or a COVID-19 vaccine checker app.

Also on Saturday, Boston launched its Application “B Together” to allow individuals to store their immunization records for themselves and for children or family members. It launched with support for English, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese. Other languages ​​will follow.

On Monday, Governor Charlie Baker announced a different digital vaccine card system that vaccinated people in Massachusetts can get and download to their smartphones. This tool is built on the SMART health card standard, which is already used by several other states.

Proof of the vaccination mandate in Boston is meeting with some opposition, as hundreds of protesters have been seen marching downtown. These demonstrators sometimes blocked traffic. Boston police say no one has been arrested in connection with the protest.

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