Thursday, September 23, 2021

Los Angeles County to mandate COVID-19 vaccine passports: Officials

Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the United States, announced Wednesday that it will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination in bars, nightclubs, breweries, lounges and related businesses.

County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer told the Board of Supervisors the order would require vaccine proof or a negative COVID-19 test for large outdoor events including the Los Angeles Rams, Chargers and Dodgers games. He said potential customers would have to have at least one vaccine dose by October 7 and be fully vaccinated by November 4.

“It’s a reasonable way forward that enables us to break the cycle of bounce,” Ferrer told the board. “This revised health official order aligns with the continuing need to reduce the risk of transmission and increase vaccination coverage,” she said.

That said, Los Angeles officials now believe the vaccine passport system is “now a very important strategy to quickly increase vaccination coverage in our county and end the pandemic.”

In addition to Los Angeles, New York City on Monday began officially implementing its vaccine passport system for restaurants, bars, gyms and other facilities. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said businesses that do not comply with or violate city ordinances could be fined.

In California, San Francisco last month also introduced a vaccine passport mandate for similar establishments. Canada’s provinces, as well as France, Switzerland, Israel and several other countries, have mandated that people show proof of vaccination to enter restaurants, gyms, bars and related businesses, which has sparked protests in Europe.

Thousands of protesters also took to the streets of New York City on Monday calling for the city to end its mandate.

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“You should have the right to choose whatever you do with your body,” Ricardo Alexander, a public school math and physics teacher, told Rally.

In 2001, “Terrorists tried to take away our freedoms through fear and intimidation. … We fought back. Now our elected officials are trying to take away our freedoms through fear and intimidation,” said the mayoral candidate Bill Pepitone said. “Twenty years later, we say, ‘Hell no.'”

While officials backing vaccine passports say they are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus, questions have been raised about whether such systems would be discriminatory.

Some GOP governors, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, have signed bills or issued orders prohibiting businesses or local governments from using vaccine passes.

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The Electronic Freedom Foundation, the non-profit, said in a lengthy post last month that government officials around the world made serious errors when rolling out the passport system, noting that “the implementation of such a system on the world would cost millions of dollars.” People will lock up”. Services including travel and obtaining visas.

“These new trust-based systems, if implemented in a way that automatically disqualifies people who receive the actual vaccination, will have serious implications for years to come. It sets up a world that Where some people can move easily, and those who already have a hard time with visas, will experience another wall to climb,” the foundation said.

Jack Phillips

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Jack Phillips is a reporter for The Epoch Times in New York City.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

Los Angeles County to mandate COVID-19 vaccine passports: Officials
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