Inslee Launches Vaccinated ‘Perks Program,’ Discrimination?
So, it appears very soon at church, a sporting event, a theater, or other public entertainment venues, there will be the 'vaccinateds,' and the nots.
Monday, Gov. Inslee announced changes to seating or capacity for venues who have a vaccinated section. From his release:
- "Outdoor facilities may add vaccinated sections until their total capacity is 50% maximum or 22,000 people, whichever is lower, inclusive of both vaccinated and unvaccinated sections.
Outdoor unvaccinated spectators cannot exceed 9,000 people.
- Indoor facilities may add vaccinated sections until their total capacity is 50% maximum, or maximum 2000 people, whichever is lower, inclusive of both vaccinated and unvaccinated sections. Indoor unvaccinated spectators in Phase 2 cannot exceed 200 people, or 300 for rooms greater than 100,000 square feet of space—and indoor unvaccinated spectators in Phase 3
cannot exceed 400 people, or 600 for rooms greater than 100,000 square feet of space."
So, at a baseball game, if you're vaccinated, citing his previous example, the vaccinated section will be a LOT bigger than the area for those who are not. More and more legislators and officials are saying this is blatant discrimination.
Offering special perks to people who have chosen to get the shot, which is a personal decision often based upon health, religious or other reasons, is denying equal access to all persons.
There has not been any kind of a vote, legislative proposal, requirement or mandate that a person receive a COVID vaccine.
According to Inslee's release:
"Under the updated guidance the following are acceptable as proof of full vaccination: Vaccination card (which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided and date last dose administered) OR a photo of a vaccination card as a separate document OR a photo of the attendee’s vaccine card stored on a phone or electronic device OR documentation of vaccination from a healthcare provider electronic health record or state Immunization Information System record. Self-reported vaccination records that are not verified by a health care provider cannot be accepted."
It is likely it won't be long before we start to see lawsuits or legal actions over these 'perks.'
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