From July 11, people are required to show vaccine evidence to enter large public spaces in the Chinese capital, including cinemas, libraries, museums, gyms, stadiums and training centers, city health officials said in a statement on Wednesday. Said at the conference.
People who are “not fit” to be vaccinated will be exempt from the requirement, officials added, without elaborating on how they can provide evidence for immunity.
It is also not clear how people who have been vaccinated abroad can meet the need. China’s health code systems – which are used to show proof of vaccination – do not currently recognize foreign vaccines, and those who have been vaccinated abroad have not been able to register their vaccines.
Places with limited capacity or where reservations are required require entry priority for vaccinated customers.
Senior citizens visit places that offer activities specifically for adults, such as recreation centers and playrooms should be vaccinated as soon as possible.
Delay in adult vaccination rates
China has remained at the forefront of its continued zero-cue approach, which has seen cities across the country – including Beijing and Shanghai – have recently been kept under full or partial closure. Strategies – which rely on mass testing, quarantine and snap dams to prevent virus recurrence – have undermined economic activity.
Chinese authorities have stepped up efforts to boost vaccination rates, especially among the elderly, as Omicron has caused a spate of accidents this year.
In Beijing, residents are already required to show evidence of a negative quad test taken within 72 hours to enter all public places.
The city also needs people working in the areas of disease prevention and control, health care, public transportation, delivery and other high-risk areas to be fully vaccinated.
As of January, 98% of Beijing’s more than 20 million residents have been fully vaccinated, including 12 million people who have received booster shots, according to a government statement.
But vaccination rates among adults are low. As of April, 5 percent of Beijing residents over the age of five had been vaccinated, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
On Chinese social media, users quickly pointed out that Beijing’s vaccination order seems to contradict national health officials ’guidelines that vaccines should be voluntary.
“When did voluntary vaccination become mandatory?” A comment was asked on Weibo, a Chinese Twitter-like platform.
Last September, the National Health Commission said it was wrong for local governments to impose restrictions on movement for non-vaccinated people to speed up the vaccination campaign – and that such policies should be adjusted in a timely manner. شی.