China is imposing new rules in five provinces to restrict the movement of unvaccinated people. The regulations stop those without at least one COVID dose from using a range of public facilities. Without proof of vaccination, one will not be allowed entry to hospitals, supermarkets, and malls.
When the vaccination drive began, a lot of people were hesitant to get the jabs but now they will be left with no choice after the decision by the five provinces. The Chinese government announced this week that several provinces will impose new guidelines to limit where the unvaccinated can go.
Jiangxi and Zhejiang in eastern China, Shandong in the northeast, Shaanxi in the northwest, and Fujian in the south, will roll out rules within the next month that mandate proof of vaccination to use public facilities, per Weibo.
However, the tight regulations will not apply to those who are exempted for medical reasons. But if someone falls into this category, they must carry on their person written proof of exemption from a medical institution.
Official notices from the provincial governments of Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Shaanxi, and Fujian outlining the list of measures was shared on Weibo.
From July 26, Jiangxi will limit unvaccinated individuals over 18 from entering supermarkets, shopping malls, hospitals, transport hubs, and schools if they have not received at least one COVID shot.
The deadline to get an initial COVID shot in Zhejiang kicks in even earlier, on July 21. Those who miss the deadline to get their first COVID shot will be prevented from entering hospitals, nursing homes, childcare centers, movie theaters, libraries, and museums. Fujian province is imposing similar restrictions to Zhejiang and will require proof of vaccination from August 1.
Shaanxi’s notice indicated that the provincial government “actively discourages” people from visiting public facilities like restaurants, hotels, gyms, and places of worship unless vaccinated. In some earlier reports during the initial vaccination drive, China always maintained that vaccination was completely voluntary as such netizens were surprised by the new regulations.