The show has to go on, but if you’ve been vaccinated with AstraZeneca and want to attend a specific live theater production on Broadway, don’t buy a ticket.
Manufacturer of the soon to be released Springsteen on Broadway Show said they would not welcome anyone vaccinated with the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
When the curtain rises on June 26th, it will be the first Broadway production after the shutdown. According to the show producers’ guidelines, only those vaccinated with vaccines approved by the US Food and Drug Administration are allowed to participate.
The FDA has not approved AstraZeneca: only those made by Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Johnson and Johnson are approved for use.
“I think it happened without much thought,” said John Karastamatis, director of communications for Mirvish Productions in Toronto.
Mirvish, like other live theater groups, suspended its productions in Toronto in March 2020 when the pandemic was declared.
He said News Gob Ontario’s theater troupes are still waiting for instructions on when staff can start productions again.
“We hope that all of these issues will be resolved and that there will be universal guidelines,” Karastamatis said in an interview.
Bioethics professor Kerry Bowman called Springsteen’s announcement the “tip of the iceberg.”
“I think it’s awful,” said Bowman, who teaches at the University of Toronto.
“That’s what vaccination records do. It divides people for no good reason. “
Although the AstraZeneca vaccine is approved by Health Canada and other health authorities around the world, it is not considered the vaccine of choice in many jurisdictions.
“I am grateful for this story. It creates a very important debate, ”said Bowman.
When asked about Ontario residents who received the AstraZeneca vaccine, Provincial Attorney General Sylvia Jones said the government will ensure that those who receive AstraZeneca have “the same rights” as those who receive other vaccines.
Karastamatis said he believes Springsteen’s decision will likely be reviewed and changed.
“We know that 70 percent of those who go to Broadway shows are visitors,” he said.
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