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San Francisco To Require Proof of Vaccination From Travelers

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Unless you plan on sitting in your hotel room for your entire trip to San Francisco, you're going to need proof that you've been vaccinated. Beginning August 20th, those who want to dine out, go to a bar or attend an entertainment venue will need to show proof of vaccination.

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San Francisco Mayor, London Breed who made the announcement on Thursday said the move is to ensure the safety of the city.

“Vaccines are our way out of the pandemic, and our way back to a life where we can be together safely,” Breed explained in statement to the people of San Francisco.

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San Francisco will join New York which also now requires proof of vaccination dubbed the ‘Key to NYC Pass' for all indoor dining, gyms and entertainment venues.

Negative Tests Will Not Be Accepted

Under the new order, Mayor Breed stated that negative Covid-19 tests would not be accepted as a substitution for vaccination. All travelers must present proof of being fully vaccinated in order to enter restaurants and bars.


Where Travelers Need To Present Proof of Vaccination

All residents and visitors to San Francisco will need to present proof of being fully vaccinated at the following venues:

  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Clubs
  • Gyms
  • Theaters
  • Event spaces with more than 1,000 people

The order does not apply to take-out orders at restaurants.

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Can I show Proof of Recovery Instead?

For those that have had Covid-19, they will still be required to present proof of full vaccination. As well, negative Covid-19 tests will not be accepted.

Does The Order Apply To Children?

The San Francisco order states that children under the age of 12 will be exempt from the order.

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Travelers Can Be Vaccinated In San Francisco

San Francisco does not require visitors to be a resident of California or a citizen of the United States in order to get vaccinated. Travelers may receive the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine at Ride Aid pharmacies by booking an appointment. Travelers will then be able to enter restaurants and entertainment venues using their CDC vaccine card.

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New York became the first city to announce that it would begin requiring proof of vaccination beginning on August 16th and would be fully enforced by September 13th.

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Thursday 19th of August 2021

What this article failed to mention is that unvaccinated can still go to restaurants but will have to sit outside. And yes, San Francisco is indeed a shitty city with a record number of people moving out. There are many better places to visit, such as Mexico.


Friday 13th of August 2021

1.) If you are vaccinated in San Francisco, you then have to wait 14 days afterwards or else your card is not valid.

2.) I live nearby and would say this is completely horrifying and to please bleed the city dry of as much tourism revenues as possible so maybe they decide to redact this pass. And yes, I am vaccinated. And no, I won't show my vaccine record to go anywhere. The ACLU opposes these passes, WHO opposes them, and so do I.


Friday 13th of August 2021

"Under the new order, Mayor Breed stated that negative Covid-19 tests would not be accepted as a substitution for vaccination."

Gotcha. Proof of recovery = naturally acquired antibodies are bad. Those that are healthy (negative covid-19 test) - bad. But experimental vaccines with tons of side effects - good. Good luck there. I feel sorry for those who didn't want to get a jab in this supposedly "free" state.


Friday 13th of August 2021

Didn’t San Fran have that app to track where poop was on the side walk?


Friday 13th of August 2021

Thank God. Keep San Francisco liberal, educated, wealthy and healthy. Hopefully this keeps the worst people out.

Vinny the Adventurer

Sunday 15th of August 2021

@Dee, That doesn't answer my question whatsoever. No wonder it's an ongoing and growing issue. You and your politicians ignore it and just respond with some pre-filtered brochure answer irrelevant to the issue.

Vinny the Adventurer

Sunday 15th of August 2021

@Karl, Too bad you’re both dead wrong.


Saturday 14th of August 2021


Maybe you should check the fittest cities in America. San Francisco also has the third highest life expectancy in the US.


Saturday 14th of August 2021

@Vinny the Adventurer,

San Francisco has one of the highest vaccination rates in the country. It also consistently ranks in the top 5 fittest and educated cities. I’m sorry if you live in a rural flyover state but that doesn’t change the facts.


Saturday 14th of August 2021

@Dee I’m with you, contrary to the comments here.