Now that the numbers of people who have been vaccinated has reached more than half the US population, there are places that require proof of vaccination before you can enter. Where I live in Monterey, CA, the local bridge club opened for face-to-face play on Tuesday but you have to show proof of vaccination before you are allowed to do so. The first time you go, you show the proof and your name is entered in a register and that eliminates the need to show proof each time. Masks are not required but you can choose to wear one if you like. There are bottles of hand sanitizer at each table and players are encouraged to use it frequently, especially since they are exchanging cards. I went on Tuesday and there were about a dozen people, about half of them being those who had been starved of bridge because they either were not comfortable enough with technology to play online or they had eye issues that prevented them from looking at a screen for any length of time. It was nice to meet them again.
Everything went off smoothly but that is because this is a vaccine-supportive part of the country. If I had still been living in Ohio, things might get sticky because Republicans in the Ohio legislature have introduced a resolution that would bar such proof of vaccination requirements.
[T]he new language bars private and public entities from requiring someone to get a vaccine that hasn’t gotten full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The vaccines manufactured by Moderna, Pfeizer and Johnson & Johnson have been approved by the FDA on an emergency basis, although Moderna and Pfeizer have applied for full approval and are expected to receive it later this year.
It also bars public and private entities “to the extent allowed by federal law” and elsewhere in state law, from requiring people to “engage in or refrain from” activities based on whether or not they are vaccinated, a provision that could prevent nursing homes and other employers from preventing unvaccinated people from working near people who are medically at risk.
I have little patience with those who refuse to get vaccinated because they have some bizarre beliefs that are completely unsupported by science. If they want to hang out with like-minded people, that’s their right and their problem. But I do not think that they have the right to invade the spaces of those who like the peace of mind that comes with being vaccinated and being only around other vaccinated people.