Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced Monday that the city will require COVID-19 vaccination proof to enter most indoor businesses and venues starting January 15.
Democrat Wu said those working in those businesses and places would also need to get vaccinated.
The order, which mirrors orders placed in New York City and Los Angeles, will require that people go inside restaurants, bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, fitness centers, concerts, playgrounds, museums and other entertainment facilities. Present evidence of a vaccine. Presenting a vaccination card such as a passport, a digital image of a vaccination card, or any other vaccination record, as well as a verification app by city.
Businesses that fall under Wu’s mandate will be forced to post a notice requiring vaccines to enter. The mandate applies to anyone 12 years of age and older, while children aged 5 to 11 are required to submit a dose by March 1 to enter locations, according to the city.
“It’s time for Boston to make science and public health data easy to follow” [health care workers’] burden to take major steps that we can take to help reduce the vaccination gap,” Wu said at a news conference.
In New York City, where vaccine passports have been in effect for several months, the number of COVID-19 cases hit the daily record, with more than 20,000 infections as of December 19, city data shows.
Critics of vaccine passports have said they create a two-tier society of vaccinated and unvaccinated people. Some groups have also raised concerns that these systems infringe on an individual’s right to privacy.
Wu’s directive is a sharp departure from policies favored by his Democrat predecessor, former acting Mayor Kim Janney, who told media outlets in August that vaccine passports hark back to the slavery or Reconstruction era.
“This country has a long history of requiring people to show their papers. During slavery, after slavery, as recently as – you know what the immigrant population has to go through here … or would disproportionately affect BIPOC communities, Jenny said in response to a question about passports. At the time, Wu, who was a woman on the city council, criticized the former mayor.
In addition to Los Angeles, several other cities, including Boston, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco, have put in place vaccine pass systems. Philadelphia’s passport system was announced earlier this month.