If you have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus disease COVID-19, your world is starting to get a little smaller.
Pressure is growing on the unvaccinated to get their full dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in hopes of preventing spread of the virus as highly contagious variants emerge. Many organizations are flatly telling unvaccinated people they no longer are welcome until they change their minds.
From attending college to enjoying a Broadway play, the following are some things unvaccinated people no longer can do.
Work for specific employers
In recent weeks, momentum has grown among businesses to mandate vaccination for all employees. The list of such companies is long and seemingly ever-growing.
Earlier this month, President Joe Biden effectively added the federal government to that list by signing an executive order that requires all federal employees to be vaccinated.
More recently, the White House also has announced that the U.S. Department of Labor is developing a regulation “that will require all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or require any workers who remain unvaccinated to produce a negative test result on at least a weekly basis before coming to work.”
Travel to specific countries
Some countries are telling unvaccinated Americans to stay home. France and Spain are among them. Other countries — such as Sweden — are telling all Americans to stay out regardless of vaccination status.
The U.S. is not the only country getting the cold shoulder. In August, Finland said that travelers arriving from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Canada temporarily could not enter the country unless they were fully vaccinated. That was because those nations were logging higher numbers of coronavirus infections.
Things soon could become even more difficult for unvaccinated travelers. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has said he would support banning all unvaccinated people from air travel.
Australian airline Qantas already has announced plans to ban unvaccinated passengers from international flights.
Attend a Broadway play
Unvaccinated status is a showstopper on Broadway. Late in July, the Broadway League announced that all 41 Broadway theaters in New York City will require that audience members be vaccinated at performances through the end of October, with a review of policies planned for shows after that.
All members of productions — from performers to the backstage crew — also must have submitted to the jab.
Enjoy other forms of fun in NYC
If you are unvaccinated, a bite of the Big Apple is likely to leave a sour taste in your mouth.
New York City now requires proof of vaccination for you to enjoy indoor dining, entertainment and fitness facilities. The policy began on Aug. 17 but was not enforced until Sept. 13.
Serve in the military
Last month, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III directed that all U.S. service members be subject to mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations.
The Aug. 24 memo requires full vaccination of all active-duty members, as well as those in the National Guard or Ready Reserve.
Attend a Raiders home game
If you are an unvaccinated fan of the Las Vegas Raiders, expect to watch this season’s games from home. The NFL team announced that all attendees at home games need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Those who are unvaccinated can receive vaccinations on-site at Allegiant Stadium prior to games. Taking advantage of this opportunity allows you to enter the stadium and watch the game while wearing a mask.
Attend specific colleges
Some students who are unvaccinated were doomed to flunk the first test of the college school year: getting into the classroom in the first place.
At least two institutions — Ohio State University and the entire State University of New York (SUNY) system — declared that all students must be vaccinated to attend classes this academic year.
Ohio State has established deadlines for both the first (Oct. 15) and second (Nov. 15) vaccine shots. SUNY is offering “a grace period of up to 35 days.” SUNY also will review requests for exemptions to vaccination based on religious or medical reasons, while Ohio State says “a limited set of exemptions will be approved on a case-by-case basis.”
Smaller schools like Sacramento State University have implemented similar policies.
Enjoy fun in San Francisco
Like New York City, San Francisco is limiting access to fun activities if you are unvaccinated. The city says all restaurants, bars, clubs, gyms and large indoor events must obtain proof of vaccination from both patrons and employees.
East Coast, West Coast and everywhere in-between, life is getting more difficult for those who remain unvaccinated.
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