Springsteen packs Broadway show, as protest vax requirement
Governor Phil Murphy was in the vaccinated crowd on Saturday, attending the return of Bruce Springsteen to Broadway as a small group outside the Manhattan theater protested against the public health-based admission requirement.
“An incredibly moving and magical @springsteen opening night on Broadway. The boss is back, ”Murphy tweeted, along with two photos of Springsteen and his wife and fellow musician, Patti Scialfa on stage.
In order to attend the new summer portion of Springsteen’s Broadway shows, ticket holders must present proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19.
Also in attendance on Saturday were Springsteen’s longtime companion and collaborator, “Little” Steven Van Zandt, and US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg with her husband, Chasten Buttigieg, as reported by Theaterly.
Springsteen’s compatriot, a native of Monmouth County, Brian Williams, MSNBC news anchor, was also in the crowd, as Point by a Washington Post reporter.
After initially limiting the requirements to vaccines approved by the US FDA, New York State and Jujamcyn Theaters have since changed the requirements to include vaccines recognized by the World Health Organization.
A few dozen demonstrators, unhappy with the compulsory vaccine at the entrance, used the word segregation in their criticism, as evidenced by the signs brandished on Saturday.
Historically, segregation has been based on race, as if to separate students by skin color.
A similar group protested the Foo Fighters show at Madison Square Garden a week earlier because that show also had a COVID vaccine requirement for fans in attendance.
New York was among the first states to roll out such paid events requiring a full COVID-19 vaccination.
Among the concerns voiced by critics of these requirements was the FDA’s status of emergency use of the vaccines.
Until the pandemic, the vaccines required for enrollment in New Jersey public schools, ranging from daycare to colleges and universities, had been around long enough to receive FDA approval.
In these cases, there has recently been heated debate over whether to maintain the religious exemption process for families, stemming from the sometimes tenuous balance between public health and civil liberties.
Murphy continued to be reluctant to support the vaccine passport approach to New Jersey sites and events, voicing concerns about vaccine fairness as the primary reason.
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