Taipei, Taiwan (AP) – The Chinese capital has issued an order requiring people to show proof of being vaccinated with COVID-19 before entering certain public spaces, including gyms, museums and libraries, exceptions are only available to those whose health cannot be vaccinated. Because
According to Li Aung, a spokesman for the Municipal Health Commission in Beijing, the health app that shows a person’s latest PCR test results has been updated to make it easier to access their vaccine status.
The list of public places that need to be vaccinated does not include restaurants and offices. The order will be effective from Monday.
In an announcement Wednesday, Lee said, “In normalizing COVID-19 epidemic control, vaccination is still the most effective measure in controlling the spread of COVID-19.”
More than 23 million people in Beijing have been vaccinated, Lee said, which, if accurate, would cover the entire population of the city and more. The 2020 census found that Beijing was home to about 22 million long-term residents. It is not clear what the difference is in numbers. The Beijing government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Lee said more than 3.6 million people over the age of 60 have been vaccinated. He did not say whether they received two or three shots.
A vaccine mandate is not uncommon, and some major cities in the United States require proof of vaccination to enter restaurants and bars at any time during an epidemic.
However, those mandates did not include space such as a library. Some places in the United States now require proof of vaccination for active entry. Most U.S. cities have also returned the social distance measures implemented in the first year of the epidemic. Some places, such as hospitals, still require proof of vaccination
In Beijing and other cities across China, many government facilities already require people to show proof of vaccination before entering.
Online, the announcement has raised some frustrations and directed questions. Social media users questioned how to get a certificate showing that one was unsuitable for vaccination, whether non-vaccinated people could board subways and other logistics of new requirements.
Chen Yumei, a 48-year-old resident of Beijing, said he had not yet been vaccinated because he was suffering from hives, which doctors said made him unfit.
“A lot of doctors have told me I can’t, but who will certify me for exceptions? No one dares to give you this certificate, ”he said.
“Something like this is very unreasonable,” Chen said. “We are already collaborating on PCR testing, no matter how hot it is or how long the line is.”
Another Beijing resident, Liu Zhang, said he was confused whether the new policy meant he would get a booster or whether two doses were enough. As a result he is planning to get a booster shot.
“At least for me, it doesn’t have a big impact, it’s just being a booster,” said Zhang, who regularly goes to the gym.
Others on social media shared an article last year from Xinhua, a state-run media outlet, citing National Health Commission officials as prohibiting local governments from putting forward policies that prevent people from entering places like supermarkets without proof of vaccination.
It is unclear how Beijing’s new directive will be implemented in the context of national policy. Additional requirements are already in place for medical staff, delivery staff and public transport workers, all of whom must be fully vaccinated.
Caroline Chen, a news assistant at the Associated Press, and researcher Yu Bing contributed to the report from Beijing.