A few months ago, it sounded like a joke that you wouldn’t be able to access a restaurant or a theater without being vaccinated for COVID. But it’s now becoming a reality. According to The Seattle Times, those who want to enter a restaurant, gym, theater, or some other indoor venue from King County (Washington, USA) will have to present proof of either vaccination or negative test for the coronavirus.
The new rule will be implemented starting October 25, and health officials, as well as leaders of the American county, made the announcement. Most restaurants and bars, indoor recreational venues, and outdoor events with at least 500 participants will be affected by the rule. It doesn’t matter how big or small the indoor recreational venues are, either.
There’s always the testing alternative
Surely everyone is an expert in COVID vaccines nowadays, which means that it’s your democratic right to refuse a vaccine. There’s also the testing alternative for the coronavirus. Those living in King County who don’t want to get vaccinated can also show a negative COVID test result that was obtained within the last 72 hours.
Dr. Jeff Duchin declared, as quoted by seattletimes.com:
IHME projects vaccine verification at restaurants, bars and gyms alone could prevent between 17,900 and 75,900 infections, between 421 and 1,760 hospitalizations, and between 63 and 257 deaths.
According to Our World in Data, 42.6% of the world’s population has been vaccinated for the coronavirus with at least the first dose. Furthermore, a number of 5.82 billion doses had been administered worldwide. The low-income countries are those where the vaccination rate for COVID is going very bad – only 1.9% of the people living in these areas have been vaccinated with at least a dose.
Fortunately, the new rule from King County doesn’t apply to children who are below 12 years of age.