Protesters gather at ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ to object to vaccine ‘segregation’

About 100 peaceful protesters showed up at opening night for “Springsteen on Broadway” to challenge the venue’s mandatory COVID vaccination card policy which they claim is a form of discrimination against the unvaccinated.

Outside the St. James Theater in Times Square, where rock icon Bruce Springsteen’s sold out, one-man show is taking place, the demonstrators reportedly held signs that read “Bruce Springsteen is for segregation on Broadway,” “We demand Equal Rights,” “Vaccine Mandates violate Bodily Autonomy,” and “My Body My Choice,” as well as “Unmasked, Unvaxxed, Unafraid,” and “No Vax passports.”

In a statement, Jujamcyn Theaters, St. James’ parent company, said that “Following amended New York State guidelines, we are now permitted to welcome guests who are fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine to Springsteen On Broadway,” Fox News reported.

As of its Saturday evening opening performance, the Springsteen show is the first production to launch in the New York City theater district that was shut down during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. Several more shows are set to incrementally open their doors in the coming months.

Fully vaccinated persons attending the Springsteen concert don’t have to wear face masks.

Originally, only those who got the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson jab were going to be allowed in, but the venue subsequently decided to add AstraZeneca to the approved list, Fox News noted.

The venue is making exceptions to the vaccine requirement for attendees under age 16 or for those who need a reasonable accommodation based on disability or religious belief. Those in the latter category have to wear a mask and produce proof of a negative COVID test.

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Bruce Springsteen, who is a vocal anti-Trump, liberal Democrat, is scheduled for 30 performances through September 4 at the theater in a revival of the solo show that ran from 2017 to 2018.

For anyone “Born in the USA,” as it were, or living here, health privacy is or was a time-honored principle. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was enacted, in part, to protect medical privacy.

Like various traditions, particularly in the last year or so that revolve around individual freedom generally, this one may be heading for abandonment.

Protesters also converged outside a vaccine-required Foo Fighters, full-capacity indoor concert near Santa Monica recently. One of the protesters told CBS Los Angeles affiliate KCAL TV that “what they’re doing is saying only vax people — separating humans is not okay. Those of us who have healthy immune systems should be able to enjoy these freedoms just like everybody else.”

They held signs that included messages such as “vaccine makers are exempt from liability” and “stop the hate in the vaccine debate.”

Separately, on June 25, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an advisory about the apparent “increased risks of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the tissue surrounding the heart) following vaccination” from the Moderna or Pfizer doses.

Although many Twitter users are singing the praises of Bruce Springsteen et al. for showing who is “the Boss” when it comes to compulsory COVID vaccinations, others expressed a different view. Here is a sampling of those in the latter category.

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