SF Considering An Indoor Vaccine Mandate, Just Like New York
The rule of thumb on San Francisco COVID-19 restrictions is usually that when you hear rumors they might be about to require something, they are definitely going to require that thing in the very near future. When we heard bars might require proof of vaccination, five days later bars were requiring proof of vaccination. When we heard California was “recommending” masks indoors again, five days later the Bay Area made masks indoors mandatory again. Do you see a pattern here?
New York City is mandating proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter certain indoor businesses — including indoor restaurants, entertainment venues and gyms.
I support SF doing the same. It would need to be issued as a health order by our County Public Health Officer.
— Matt Haney (@MattHaneySF) August 3, 2021
It looks like the next domino to fall will be vaccine mandates for indoor settings, similar to what New York City announced Tuesday. The Chronicle reports that SF health officials are considering making proof of vaccination mandatory to enter restaurants, gyms, and theaters.
— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) August 4, 2021
SF Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax Colfax told reporters, “We’re exploring that,” according to ABC-7. Supervisor Matt Haney told the station “If you’re going to go indoors at this critical time, when cases are going up and up and up, in small quarters you should be vaccinated.”
New York City will start requiring proof of vaccination to enter restaurants, gyms and other indoor spaces https://t.co/IAe8CF16kK
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) August 3, 2021
If imposed, the requirement would likely be similar to New York City’s just-announced “Key to NYC” Pass which also requires showing proof of the shot to enter restaurants, bars, theaters and gyms. That system will take two more weeks to roll out, and won’t actually make it “mandatory” until the middle of September. So these things don’t happen overnight, and SF will probably need a couple months to roll this out fully.
New York City will give $100 to residents who get their first dose of a Covid vaccine at city-run sites starting on Friday. “I think when someone says here’s $100 for you, that’s going to make a big impact," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. https://t.co/9kM13tNysN
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 28, 2021
And hey, how ‘bout we give people $100 to get the shot too, just like they’re doing in New York!
We need to get New Yorkers vaccinated, not another City Hall PR stunt.
— Albert Fox Cahn (@FoxCahn) August 2, 2021
New York is using an app-based system, not unlike California’s vaccine QR codes. And these digital systems are definitely still working out the kinks. Tech researcher Albert Fox Cahn was able to fool the app with a picture of Mickey Mouse instead of an actual vaccine card. NBC News’ Cyrus Farivar fooled it with a picture of the 4505 Meats menu. San Francisco would not be using the same app, but the Chronicle found the QR code system to be riddled with technical problems as well.
Expect these problems to get ironed out in the weeks to come. And if you ask us, also expect the indoor vaccine mandate in, well, probably five days.
And if you aren’t yet, here’s where you can get vaccinated for free in San Francisco.