Boston Becomes Latest US City to Mandate Vaccine Passports

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
December 20, 2021 Updated: December 20, 2021

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced Monday that the city will require COVID-19 vaccination proof to enter most indoor businesses and venues starting Jan. 15.

Those who work in those businesses and venues will also have to get the vaccine, said Wu, a Democrat.

The order, which mirrors orders handed down in New York City and Los Angeles, will require that those going inside restaurants, bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, fitness centers, concerts, sports arenas, museums, and other entertainment facilities present proof of a vaccine passport such as a vaccination card, digital image of a vaccination card, or another vaccination record, as well as presenting a verification app, according to the city.

Businesses that fall under Wu’s mandate will be forced to post a notice for the vaccine requirement to enter. The mandate also applies to anyone aged 12 and older, while children aged 5 to 11 have to present one dose to enter venues by March 1, according to the city.

“It’s time for Boston to follow the science and public health data to ease [health care workers’] burden to take the big steps that we can to help close vaccination gaps,” Wu said in a news conference.

In New York City, where vaccine passports have been in effect for several months, city data shows that the number of COVID-19 cases hit an all-time daily record on Dec. 19 with over 20,000 infections reported.

Critics of vaccine passports have said they create a two-tiered society of vaccinated and unvaccinated people. Some groups have also raised concerns that these systems infringe on an individual’s right to privacy.

Wu’s directive is a sharp departure from policies that were favored by her Democrat predecessor, former acting Mayor Kim Janey, who told media outlets in August that vaccine passports hark back to slavery or the Reconstruction Era.

“There’s a long history in this country of people needing to show their papers. During slavery, post-slavery, as recent as—you know what immigrant population has to go through here … Here we want to make sure that we are not doing anything that would further create a barrier for residents of Boston or disproportionally impact BIPOC communities,” Janey said in response to a question about passports. At the time, Wu, who was a city councilwoman, criticized the former mayor.

Other than Los Angles, Boston, New York, several other cities including Philadelphia and San Francisco have imposed vaccine pass systems. Philadelphia’s passport system was announced earlier this month.

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.