Boston’s indoor COVID-19 vaccine mandate will take effect on Saturday.
Beginning Jan. 15, everyone over the age of 12 must show proof they have received at least one dose of the vaccine in order to enter indoor spaces in Boston, per a mandate announced by Boston Mayor Michelle Wu last month. By Feb. 15, people will be required to show proof of full vaccination.
“Vaccines are the most powerful tool we have to fight this pandemic. Vaccination saves lives, and closing vaccination gaps is the best way to support and protect our communities, businesses, and cultural institutions during this pandemic,” Wu said in December.
The initiative, called “B Together” applies to indoor dining, fitness centers and entertainment venues like sporting events. The city will also launch its own digital vaccine passport on Saturday, another option to show proof of immunization in public.
Earlier this week, Gov. Charlie Baker released a digital vaccine card for the entire state of Massachusetts. Though this is not part of any mandate, it may make it easier for people in Boston to show proof of vaccination. Patrons may also show the physical copy or a photo of the card issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as a photo of any official immunization record.
Boston has also asked businesses to place a public notice at their entrances stating that proof of vaccination is required inside. The city’s website provided signage available for download and is hosting seminars to answer questions and inform businesses about the mandate.
“There is nothing more American than coming together to ensure that we are taking care of each other,” Wu said last month.
By March 1, children ages 5 to 11 will also be required to show proof of vaccination to enter indoor spaces, with proof of full vaccination required by May 1. Wu has also mandated that employees of the city of Boston be fully vaccinated.
Baker, on the other hand, has no current plans for a statewide mask or vaccine mandate.