Leadership / 05.26.21
Vaccination Verification: To Require or Not to Require? It's a Fair Question
Pollstar (05/21/21) Speer, Deborah
Checking for COVID-19 vaccination at event venues is becoming normalized, with companies that provide screening and identification services leading the way. CrowdRx offers medical services for large events, and though it does not currently use a mobile app or other electronic verification system, screeners and temperature checks are deployed, and users are also asked to present their U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-issued vaccination cards. "The science is unequivocal," says CrowdRx Medical Director Matt Friedman. "It is safer for everyone involved from the event staff to all the members within the venue, that everyone is vaccinated. Every single person can have a safer experience." Friedman is adamant about the necessity of verification. "[Proof of vaccination] addresses the anxiety level and the overall comfort of everybody in a venue where everyone is vaccinated," he explains. Some venue operators are determined to uphold such protocols to ensure 100% safety, even in states that have issued orders banning businesses from establishing vaccination passports. "Our job is to keep people safe," vows City Winery owner Michael Dorf. "And we're going to do our best to keep people safe, period."
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Tags: News , Venues , COVID-19 , Coronavirus