As New York City’s Covid-19 vaccination pass was embraced by the same people who denounced voter ID requirements as racist, critics pointed out that it would disproportionately harm African Americans. It didn’t seem to matter.
Residents of the most populous US city will be required to show vaccination ID – dubbed ‘Key to NYC Pass’ – in order to eat at restaurants, go to the gym, or enter indoor entertainment venues of any kind, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday.
New York becomes first US city to require proof of Covid-19 vaccination for indoor dining, gyms, & performances
De Blasio’s vaccination pass is the first such mandate in the US. It comes only a day after Governor Andrew Cuomo called for private businesses to discriminate against the unvaccinated in order to incentivize New Yorkers to get the jab.
While much of the outrage on Tuesday focused on the news of Cuomo’s alleged sexual improprieties with female staff – announced by state Attorney General Letitia James, but without a criminal indictment – more than a few critics have pointed out that the mayor and the governor are backing a mandate more burdensome than requiring an ID to vote – which their fellow Democrats have denounced as racist.