Boston Leader Michelle Wu inundated with Racist Comments After COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
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Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said her office had been bombarded with racist comments since her announcement of vaccine requirements for entry to covered facilities.
Driving the news: Wu said on Monday that people entering indoor spaces to eat, exercise and be entertained must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination from January 2022. The policy was introduced as follows “B Together. “
Next year, all customers, employees, and others aged 12 and over must provide proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine from January 15, while proof of two doses will be required from February 15th.
Children aged 5 to 11 must justify at least one dose from March 1. From May 1, people aged 5 and over must provide full proof of vaccination.
The requirement covers three categories: indoor dining room, which includes bars and restaurants; indoor fitness, which includes gymnasiums and dance studios; and indoor entertainment, which includes cinemas, museums and professional sports arenas.
Acceptable evidence includes a vaccination card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a photo of this card, or a photo of any official vaccination record. Evidence can also be shown through the City of Boston app or a COVID-19 vaccine verification app.
“Today we are facing another winter push with the Omicron variant, but there is a key difference between last winter and today: vaccines,” Wu said on Monday, according to WBUR. “Vaccines are the most powerful tool we have to fight this pandemic. “
City employees who have not been vaccinated must comply “by the January 15 deadline as a condition of employment.” Wu said more than 90% of Boston’s 18,000 workers have already received a vaccine, according to NBC Boston.
What the critics are saying: Wu’s policy received both criticism and support. According to Wu, some of his detractors even sent racist and hateful messages to his office.
“‘Mayor of Wuhan’ is a fantastic nickname,” an user wrote.
“Michelle Wuhan has just crippled people’s businesses”, another user wrote. “She clearly works for China.”
Protesters also gathered outside Boston City Hall on Monday, chanting “USA!” and song lines from the national anthem.
They were joined by Republican gubernatorial candidate Geoff Diehl, who called the vaccine requirements “clear violations of the civil rights of anyone who lives, works or travels in the city, and will make it even more difficult for Boston’s economy to recover from the crisis. pandemic.”
The big picture: Wu, the first woman and first person of color elected mayor of Boston, declared Boston Public Radio that she gets “another dozen hate messages” every time she opens her phone. She said her experience is shared by other women of color and people of color in leadership positions, including Asian Americans, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’ve grown up all my life knowing what it’s like to feel invisible or different, and it’s an experience far too many Americans share,” Wu said, according to GBH News. “Standing on the podium, hearing protesters opposing our policies singing patriotic songs and chanting ‘USA’ – the message was clear that we do not belong here in their eyes, and should not try to take away from them something that they perceive that they have and that they are losing.
Despite the opposition, Wu remains steadfast in implementing his policy. “It’s the right thing to do, and we won’t be intimidated into doing it,” she said, according to the Boston Globe.
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