8 things unvaccinated people can no longer do
If you haven’t been vaccinated against the coronavirus disease COVID-19, your world will start to get a little smaller.
Pressure is increasing on the unvaccinated to receive their full dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in hopes of preventing the spread of the virus as highly contagious variants emerge. Many organizations categorically tell unvaccinated people that they are no longer welcome until they change their mind.
Whether it’s going to college or watching a Broadway play, here are some things unvaccinated people can no longer do.
Work for specific employers
In recent weeks, momentum has grown among companies to mandate vaccination for all employees.
The list of these companies is long and apparently constantly growing. Here’s a small sample of large employers telling most or all of their workers to get the vaccine – or else:
- Bank of America
- Johnson & johnson
- Tyson Foods
Travel to specific countries
Some countries tell unvaccinated Americans to stay home. France and Spain are part of it. Other countries, like Sweden, tell all Americans to stay away, regardless of their immunization status.
The United States is not the only country with cold eyes. In August, Finland said travelers arriving from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Canada could temporarily not enter the country unless they were fully vaccinated. This is because these countries were recording a higher number of coronavirus infections.
Things could soon get even more difficult for unvaccinated travelers. Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he would support a ban on air travel for all unvaccinated people.
Australian airline Qantas has already announced plans to ban unvaccinated passengers from international flights.
See a Broadway play
Unvaccinated status is a stumbling block on Broadway. In late July, the Broadway League announced that New York’s 41 Broadway theaters will require members of the public to be vaccinated during performances until the end of October, with a review of policies planned for shows after that.
All members of the productions – from performers to the backstage crew – must also have submitted to the jab.
Enjoy other forms of entertainment in New York
If you are not vaccinated, a bite of Big Apple is likely to leave a bitter taste in your mouth.
New York City now requires proof of vaccination for you to enjoy indoor dining, entertainment and fitness facilities. The policy began on August 17 but was not implemented until September 13.
Serve in the army
Last month, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III ordered all U.S. servicemen to be subject to mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations.
The August 24 memo calls for the full vaccination of all active duty members, as well as those of the National Guard or reserve ready.
Watch a Raiders home game
If you’re an unvaccinated Las Vegas Raiders fan, expect to watch this season’s games from home. The NFL team have announced that all participants in home games must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Those who are not vaccinated can be vaccinated on site at Allegiant Stadium before games. Taking advantage of this opportunity allows you to enter the stadium and watch the game while wearing a mask.
Attend specific colleges
Some unvaccinated students have been ordered to fail the first test of the academic year: entering class first.
At least two institutions – Ohio State University and the whole New York State University (SUNY) system – have said all students must be vaccinated to take classes this academic year.
The state of Ohio has set deadlines for the first (October 15) and second (November 15) vaccines. SUNY offers “a grace period of up to 35 days”. SUNY will also review requests for immunization exemptions for religious or medical reasons, while the state of Ohio has said “a limited set of exemptions will be approved on a case-by-case basis.”
Smaller schools like Sacramento State University have implemented similar policies.
Have fun in San Francisco
Like New York City, San Francisco limits access to fun activities if you are not vaccinated. The city says all restaurants, bars, clubs, gyms and large indoor events must obtain proof of vaccination from customers and employees.
East Coast, West Coast and everywhere in between, life becomes more difficult for those who are not vaccinated.
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