BEIJING ( Associated Press) – The Chinese capital will require people to prove they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 before entering public places such as gyms, museums and libraries, officials announced on Thursday. Of. The decision raised concerns among city residents about the sudden announcement and its impact on daily life.
The health app, which displays each person’s latest PCR result, has been updated to make it easier to access their vaccination status, according to Beijing Municipal Commission spokesman Li Aung.
The list of spaces that would require vaccinations does not include offices or restaurants. The measure will take effect on Monday, only for those who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons.
“In the generalization of epidemic control against COVID-19, vaccination is the most effective measure to control the spread of COVID-19,” Lee said in an announcement on Wednesday.
Li said more than 23 million people in Beijing have been vaccinated. If this figure is correct, it would be much more than covering the entire population of the city. The 2020 census found that Beijing has about 22 million long-term residents. It was not clear what caused the discrepancy in the figures. The Beijing government did not initially respond to a faxed request for comment on the new measures.
Lee said more than 3.6 million people over the age of 60 have been vaccinated. He did not say whether he had received two or three doses of vaccines.
Vaccination requirements are not uncommon, and some large cities in the United States require proof of vaccination to be accessible to restaurants and bars at some point during the pandemic.
However, those measures did not include places such as libraries. There are now few places in the United States that check vaccination certificates upon entry. Most US cities have also lifted social distancing measures introduced in the first year of the pandemic. Some places, such as hospitals, still require proof of vaccination.
Many countries around the world still require proof of vaccination for those arriving from overseas. However, vaccination requirements have been rolled back into daily life in most countries of the world as countries try to live with the virus.
In Beijing and other Chinese cities, many government offices already require people to show vaccination certificates to enter.
The new measure provoked some questions and shows of anger on the internet. Social media users asked how to obtain a certificate showing that a person cannot be vaccinated, whether unvaccinated people can still use the Metro, and other logistical issues.