Across Canada, North America and beyond, the vaccine debate has been raging since many vaccines became widely available a few months ago. Now the hottest topic may be proof of vaccination.
Much has been asked whether the requirement of proof of vaccination – be it “vaccine passports” or other forms of proof – is the way forward, especially for industries such as the food service industry or there are real and current risks of exposure.
In July, Quebec’s provincial health minister, Christian Dubé, stressed that the province was ready to put in place vaccination passports to prevent people who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 from accessing medical devices. non-essential services like restaurants and bars if the situation in the province deteriorates by September.
The theory, he said, is that such passports would prevent the province from having to impose another blanket foreclosure on non-essential services, reducing the impact on industries like the hospitality industry. Dubé said he hoped that such a measure would not be necessary and assured that the work requested from restaurants and bars would be minimal.
The United States is moving forward
It remains to be seen how Canada advances in this regard.
But looking at recent developments in the United States, some measure of this measure could become the new normal.
On Tuesday, August 3, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city would require proof of vaccination to enter all restaurants, fitness centers and indoor entertainment venues. “If you want to participate fully in our society, you have to get vaccinated,” De Blasio said, as reported by CNN.
The policy will go into effect over the next few weeks and comes as various companies in the United States have started rolling out vaccine requirements for employees and, in some cases, customers and customers as well.
Certainly, while the New York measure is the broadest general directive ever issued by any city in the United States, the Big Apple is by no means the only one on this front.
A ‘no vax, no service’ policy is adopted by a growing number of restaurants coast to coast as Delta variant of COVID-19 fuels an increase in cases in the United States, reports Forbes.
Last week, the San Francisco Bar Owners Alliance, which represents about 300 of the city’s bars, asked its members to require patrons to show proof of vaccination or a negative test to drink indoors. In Los Angeles, a growing number of restaurants, bars and comedy clubs are checking vaccination cards (or negative test results) as well as ID at the door, reports the Los Angeles Times.
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All over the world, the measure is also visible. On Monday, a day before the New York announcement, the French Parliament passed a law that requires a “health card” showing proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test to enter restaurants, bars and travel to public areas. long distance trains and planes.
The city will begin implementing the program on September 13, the mayor said.
In New York City, around 55% of residents are believed to be fully immunized. That’s higher than the total vaccination rate in the United States, which stands at around 50 percent. However, given that COVID-19 is now described as an “unvaccinated pandemic,” there are many suggestions that this rate is simply not high enough.
However, the requirement of proof of vaccination for entry to the restaurant is not accepted by all.
The policy will require “significant changes in the way restaurants operate in the city,” said Larry Lynch, senior vice president of science and industry for the National Restaurant Association, per CNN. He also warned that loading restaurants with the responsibility of enforcing this could put employees at risk, pointing to the “terrifying reaction” many faced when mask warrants were rolled out last year.
Lynch said he hoped the city would work with the National Restaurant Association to ensure “clear guidance and support for our workforce.”
And while many restaurants have been willing to add this mandate for indoor dining, not all consumers are responding positively. Less than a quarter of consumers support indoor meal vaccination mandates, according to a Gartner survey.