Bill de Blasio’s COVID vaccine mandate hurting NYC’s underage partying scene


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Still, at least some immunized underage club-hoppers say they’ve come up with a trick to solve their alcohol dilemma.

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One of Mayor Bill de Blasio Vaccination mandate has taken its toll on an unexpected victim – the social life of the underage town people.

Young Big Apple bar and club fans who rely on fake IDs to gain entry into local hot spots are now having trouble walking out the door as they must also show proof of their COVID-19 vaccinations And the date of birth on both the identities do not match.


College junior Sylvie told The Post that she turns 21, the state’s legal drinking age, in three weeks — and her big day can’t come soon enough.

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She said she was easily slipping into her neighborhood booze pre-coronavirus with her fake ID. But since August, when the city began requiring people to show proof of vaccination to enter such indoor establishments, the 20-year-old immunized has had a much worse fate.

“If you put your thumb on the date on your vaccine card and the bouncer just watches, sometimes you can get away with it,” said Manhattan’s co-ed.

But when that doesn’t work and “you’re out with a group of friends and you can’t get anywhere, it’s embarrassing,” Sylvie said.

Other vaccinated young people said they have been forced to return to a more old-fashioned way of getting their hands on alcohol: hanging out at liquor stores and asking generous-looking passers-by to buy them a six-pack of beer or cheaper. Flagging Bottle of Smirnoff.

Still, at least some immunized underage club-hoppers say they’ve come up with a trick to solve their alcohol dilemma.

Jordan, a recent high-school grad, said it just takes a little Photoshop magic because most bars and clubs will accept snapshots of vaccine cards.

“We got away a couple of times before we figured out that we only had to edit [photos] of our vaccine cards,” said the Brooklyn teen. “One of my friends could use Photoshop, so he changed my year of birth on the screenshot [of the card] on my phone.”

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One East Village bouncer said manufacturing underage vaccines was a big issue last summer. A Manhattan bar worker said that and some young people who are secretly trying to have fake vaccination cards.

“There are some apps they use” to try to align the card with their fake ID, he told The Post.

“You can add to a excelsior pass template and then just enter your name and date of birth. It is that simple,” he said, referring to the state’s free voluntary digital platform to show proof of vaccination.

A bouncer at a busy Chinatown bar said, “I’ve had to deal with this many times.

“But I always let them in. I’m not ad-k,” he said.

Nina, a junior college junior in the city, said, “Most places Excelsior doesn’t even scan passes, they just see them.

“So all you have to do is change the birth year – that’s what a group of my friends did.”

She said, “I am under 21, but I was never given a card.

“Usually bars and restaurants don’t ask for my ID, they just want to make a sale.”

But while de Blasio’s indoor-vaccine mandate may be unpopular with underage people, some residents of the city said they welcome the measure—especially if it helps boil the cork.

“I think the mandate is a good idea,” said one mom from Brooklyn. “I feel better about eating out at restaurants — and my kids are always at home on Friday nights.”

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