The ‘Vax Pass’ could be your ticket into concerts this summer, at least in Chicago

See what Chicago is doing to incentivize COVID-19 vaccinations

April 28, 2021

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Whether it's baseball or summer festivals, Chicago health officials said the COVID-19 vaccine will likely play a big role in what kind of entertainment and activities you may, or may not, enjoy in the coming months.

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On Tuesday, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said she will launch a COVID-19 vaccination passport program next month that would allow admission to some concerts and other events, in order to to “incentivize” residents to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“As we build vaccine confidence and convenience, we’re interested in thinking about ways to incentivize people to get the vaccine,” Dr. Arwady said. “I would hope that for most people their main incentive is to be able to stay healthy, keep their families healthy, keep their communities healthy — but we also know, younger people in particular may be excited about the idea of getting into events, for example, that might be limited to people who are vaccinated.”

But, Dr. Arwady stressed that the city is "never going to require vaccination for all Chicago residents. That will never be a requirement, but I think increasingly, where people are wanting to do things and lower their risk, vaccination is going to be your ticket to doing some of that."

She would not answer questions about whether the huge Lollapalooza music festival would take place at all, or whether the “Vax Pass” would be required for such gatherings.

"I am not going to comment yet on the details of things that would be thought of for late summer. I think we are certainly again, let me just say this, thinking a lot about people who are fully vaccinated and the opportunities for them to be able to do certain things," she said.

Some good news? With more people vaccinated, Dr. Arwady said you might soon see more people allowed back into outdoor stadium, like Wrigley and Guaranteed Rate fields.

"I do anticipate really...looking ahead at the next few months, as long as our cases keep going down, which really means vaccinations go up, that we would be moving again in a dial way toward more reopening, including in sports stadiums," Dr. Arwady said.

In the meantime, Chicago will relax face mask guidelines as advised by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, allowing for fully vaccinated residents to go outside without face coverings unless they’re in large crowded areas with unvaccinated people.

“So for people who are fully vaccinated — two weeks post a second dose — you no longer need to wear a mask outside unless you’re in crowded settings, which is what the CDC recommended,” Dr. Arwady said. “This is just highlighting again that getting vaccinated is the best thing that you can do to lower your risk.”

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