While we navigate how to interact with people who possibly haven't received a COVID-19 vaccine, Jennifer Aniston is taking a stance and has started cutting those people out of her life.
"There's still a large group of people who are anti-vaxxers or just don't listen to the facts," Aniston said in an interview with InStyle. "It's a real shame."
"I've just lost a few people in my weekly routine who have refused or did not disclose [whether or not they had been vaccinated], and it was unfortunate. I feel it's your moral and professional obligation to inform, since we're not all podded up and being tested every single day. It's tricky because everyone is entitled to their own opinion — but a lot of opinions don't feel based in anything except fear or propaganda."Jennifer Aniston, InStyle magazine
In places like Ontario, the provincial government is not mandating vaccination for anyone in the province to be able to access any services.
"I just don’t believe in forcing anyone to get a vaccination that doesn’t want it," Doug Ford said last week, also stressing that he does not support a vaccine certificate for local use.
Conversely, just this week, New York City announced that it will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for anyone to eat at a restaurant indoors, go to a gym or see any entertainment and performances, including Broadway shows.
"The only way to patronize these establishments indoors will be if you’re vaccinated," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "The goal here is to convince everyone that this is the time. If we’re going to stop the Delta variant, the time is now. And that means getting vaccinated right now."
In an interview last month, Dr. Susy Hota, medical director of infection prevention and control and infectious diseases specialist at the University Health Network, told Yahoo Canada that she was already seeing people inquiring about someone else's vaccination status.
"I think we all heard about those awkward situations between families, friends, things like that," Hota said. "If they're willing to share it, that's fine, but if they're not, that's quite awkward."
"But it is the reality of what we're going to have to face... We're kind of shifting into that world of, you have to make an individual risk assessment and decision based on your own circumstances and what you're comfortable with."