New York City is going to become the first city in the U.S. to require residents to prove vaccination against the coronavirus in order to participate in many aspects of life, Breitbart reports.
New York City residents will be able to prove vaccination with a coronavirus vaccine passport called the “Excelsior pass.”
Starting in September, whenever a New York City resident wants to go to a restaurant, or a gym, or an entertainment venue, he or she will have to present this pass in order to gain admission. Those who fail to do so will be denied admission.
The program itself is being called the “Key to NYC Pass,” as it is the key that will quite literally be necessary to open doors in New York City.
It’s “literally necessary” to live
Outgoing New York City mayor, Bill de Blasio (D), announced the “Key to NYC Pass” program on Tuesday.
“The Key to New York City, When you hear those words, I want you to imagine the notion that because someone’s vaccinated, they can do all the amazing things that are available in the city,” de Blasio said.
“It’s time for people to see vaccination as literally necessary to living a good and full and healthy life.”
And, this, de Blasio said, is the point of the program, namely, to encourage more people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus by, more or less, making it harder for the unvaccinated to live.
De Blasio’s announcement came after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) urged private entities, on Tuesday, to start requiring people to prove vaccination against the coronavirus in order to gain entry.
“Private businesses, bars, restaurants — go to a vaccine-only admission,” Cuomo said. “I believe it’s in your best business interest.
Cuomo, accordingly, praised New York City’s new program. He made it clear that if he had things his way he would mandate the Elcesior pass for the whole state of New York.
Last week, Cuomo spent time begging Americans to return to New York City. One wonders whether the Excelsior pass is going to encourage or discourage people’s return. We’ll see.