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By Robert C. Griffin, Esq. January 18, 2021 Posted in Firm News

If you have been watching the news, you know that the roll-out of the vaccine process has, so far, been much slower than anticipated. Early predictions that we would all be vaccinated by the end of May, 2021 are already being revised to the end of October, 2021.

There are approximately 330 million people in the United States. The talk is that we, as a nation, are going to vaccinate a million people a day, as we get ramped up – and we have to administer these vaccinations twice in that period. If that is indeed the case, the process will take close to a year, even if we discount those who will refuse to be vaccinated and those who can’t be. Unless we ramp up to close to double the “million a day” goal, we will not have a majority of U.S. citizens vaccinated by the summer.

Looking ahead, therefore, as we think about our timelines for this year, we will have to be revisiting such topics as opening the pool, clubhouse, gym, tennis courts, bocce ball courts and other community association facilities. While we cannot predict with accuracy whether the regulations issued by the Department of Health last year will be modified this year in light of the inoculation program, it is hoped that for those who have been vaccinated, the regulations will not be as strict. Associations may have to take into consideration issuing different color pool badges for those who have been vaccinated, which are not transferrable (such as bearing a photo, etc.).

Recently, those who have been vaccinated received a card, which was too big to be put into a wallet without folding, providing the date on which the was vaccination occurred. It occurred to me that this paperwork will become important for all sorts of other things, such as travel, use of gym facilities, and the like.

Those residing in age-restricted communities, because seniors have been given priority in terms of getting vaccinated, may well have most of their communities vaccinated before the summer, and that might allow their facilities to open even earlier than the facilities in communities that are not age-restricted. There has been discussion as to whether the Federal or State government should issue something like a Covid-Passport, but I heard CDC Director, Dr. Fauci say that doing so might be impractical.

The bottom line is that the cards you receive for your vaccinations might be the only thing you receive to prove that you are among the “protected”.  Please hang on to them.  Pretty soon the vaccination process will be moving so fast that reproducing this paperwork, if lost, will be difficult and perhaps even impossible.

The information in this Client Alert is provided solely for information purposes. It should not be construed as legal advice on any specific matter and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. The information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular circumstances.  Each legal matter is unique, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.


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