Fact Check: Does Washington D.C. require COVID-19 vaccine to enter grocery stores?

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Quick Take

Various social media claim that the COVID-19 vaccination mandate in Washington D.C. requires people to be vaccinated to enter a grocery store. We fact checked and found this claim to be False.

The Claim

A social media post shows an image claiming that the Washington D.C.’s Mayor, Muriel E. Bowser announced in late December that she would be implementing a vaccine requirement to enter many Washington’s businesses, starting Jan.15.

Another post states “Liberal logic: you need a photo ID to buy milk but not to vote.” The posts can be found here and here and a screenshot is attached below.

Fact Check

Did the mayor announce a city wide vaccination entry requirement in Washington?

Yes. On January 15, 2022, per Mayor’s Order 2021-148, the District of Columbia will adopt a city wide vaccination entry requirement that requires COVID-19 vaccination to enter indoor facilities within the city. 

What did Washington D.C.’s Mayor, Muriel E. Bowser’s tweet read?

Bowser’s tweet reads:

 “Remember that starting Saturday you will need these three things before heading out: 

1. Proof of Vaccination (12 years +) 

2. Proof of Vaccination and Photo ID (18 years +) 

3. Mask For more information visit [ http:// vaxdc . dc . gov ].”

The post can be found here.

What are the Indoor food and drink establishments where vaccination is needed?

 The list includes-

  • Restaurants 
  • Nightclubs 
  • Taverns  
  • Food halls/courts 
  • Breweries, wineries, and distillery tasting rooms 
  • Seated dining halls, restaurants, and cafes in museums, libraries, hotels, and other public venues
Does the list mention grocery stores require vaccination for entry?

No. At that link, grocery stores are not listed under “Indoor food and drink establishments” which require vaccination for entry.

Hence, even though the mayor announced a city wide vaccination entry requirement in Washington, there is not a requirement of COVID-19 vaccine to enter grocery stores. Therefore, the claim is false.

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Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can further read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

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