Rabid rock fans looking to celebrate a return to normalcy by attending Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway show later this month will be outside to check if they’ve received the AstraZeneca vaccine, which hasn’t yet been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. .
The show at the St. James Theater, which runs from June 26 to September 4, features a long question-and-answer page detailing the vaccination protocols in place – including a mandate that all guests must be fully immunized with a vaccine. FDA approved to enter. .
Guests will meet these criteria if they received a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna vaccine at least 14 days earlier, or the same period with a Johnson & Johnson jab before the boss’s last run on Broadway.
“Under New York State direction, Springsteen on Broadway and the St. James Theater will only accept proof of FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson),” the site says. Web.
The only exceptions to the vaccination policy will be for children under 16 who have had a negative COVID-19 antigen test six hours before the show, or a negative nasal swab test within 72 hours earlier. .
The question and answer page does not mention masks, but reminds guests that not all seats are “socially distant” and that entry times will be allocated and staggered to minimize queues and reduce the size of the hotel. the crowd. The theater ventilation system has also been improved with better filters.
Other mitigation measures are also being taken in hopes of reducing any risk of spreading the virus or other diseases.
“All guests must complete a COVID-19 screening survey within 24 hours of the performance in order to enter the theater,” the site read. “Specific health and safety protocols are subject to change but will be clearly communicated to ticket holders prior to their performance. Ticket holders who do not follow site protocols will not be admitted. “
A statement from Springsteen on the page says he wanted to make the shows longer than two hours as “personal and intimate as possible,” but some Canadians who got the AstraZeneca photo are already upset about potentially being left out. ‘outside.
“It’s just not fair,” Kerry Bowman, University of Toronto bioethicist, told the Toronto Star on Wednesday.
“From an ethical point of view, it’s very difficult, because what happened is that people made a commitment to be vaccinated for their own health and that of their community and the world, and people shun it. “
Tickets for the screenings were available from $ 375 on SeatGeek.com early Friday.