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Chicago Restaurants Testing Vaccinated-Only Sections

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Do you think it’s fair for a restaurant to offer vaccinated-only sections for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19?

Restaurants in Chicago introduced vaccinated-only sections for patrons in an experiment.

It’s a sign of a return to normalcy as some see it. Customers must prove their full vaccination status to get a seat in such a section.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention holds a very specific definition of “fully vaccinated.” One reaches that point two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson, or Janssen vaccine.

If you do reach that point, and you show them your vaccination card, you’re in.

Otherwise, you sit with other unvaccinated people. And, presumably, you hope for the best.

One restaurant told WBBM-TV in Chicago it will offer a neon bracelet to those who prove their status. The unvaccinated section will continue to feature distanced tables and partitions.

I can see where this will cause problems.

People who refuse the vaccine bank on herd immunity. To their way of thinking, they want everyone else to take the “risk” of the vaccine. That way, they won’t have to.

With that mindset, they figure that COVID-19 will die out and they won’t have to worry about it.

One can reasonably argue that they’re safer around fully-vaccinated people. The same person could argue they’d be less safe around the unvaccinated.

So those who are unvaccinated would probably prefer to sit with those who pose less of a threat.

(I ignore those who still insist COVID-19 is a hoax. That point of view is not worth arguing about.)

There are people, however, who do take COVID-19 seriously. They think the vaccine is a good thing and they’d be more than happy to get vaccinated. But because they have certain medical conditions — a compromised immune system or allergies to the vaccine’s components — they can’t get vaccinated.

What do they do for those folks? Do they force them to sit in the less safe unvaccinated areas? Or do they make special allowances for people who’d get the vaccine if they could and still allow them to sit in vaccinated-only sections?

Those around them who are vaccinated are still pretty safe even in their presence. But they may be far less safe around people who aren’t theoretically immune.

For some people, I think it’s clearly not yet time to resume all normal activities.

Unfortunately, I think many who fall into that category won’t wait..

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