“The Walking Vaccinated?” For Music Concert Goers.

 

“The Walking Vaccinated? A band concert held in June Lake may hold key to opening of many venues.

It was recently reported by the Mammoth Times in an article by reporter Wendilyn Grasseschi that the T-Bar Social Club in June Lake held a concert on Friday night, May 7, by a popular cover band, The Nomads, from Lake Tahoe. The cover band is known for performing songs by such bands as Led Zeppelin, Joan Jett, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Heart, Rolling Stones, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Van Halen, Judas Priest, Aerosmith, The Scorpions and others.

 

Popular band, The Nomads, from Lake Tahoe, played a live concert to Covid-19 vaccinated concert goers

While the list of songs performed by the band is much the same as what many other cover bands might play, what made this particular concert different wasn’t so much the music chosen as much as the precondition that a “proof of vaccination” was required from an easily downloadable application on your smartphone if you planned to attend. The Bindle application essentially provided the concertgoers an “E-ticket” allowing them to the concert held on Friday night. There is a small fee to use the app. More information on the Bindle app can be found at their website, joinbindle.com/.

That it was a business in June Lake that would be the first to take advantage of the application is not surprising. Both June Lake and the Town of Mammoth Lakes’ economies were hit hard by the pandemic restrictions and shutdowns, and early in the pandemic were the worst hit per capita areas in the country, although it did not take long for other areas around the state and the country to catch up and surpass the town’s dubious achievement in that area.

What is especially notable in that the concert preconditions on concertgoers is a likely precursor to what will soon become common, whether you want to attend a group outing, concert, attend a college, or possible use a commercial airplane or other mass form of transportation.  And that it will be an easily accessible phone app that can be used to provide proof that you have taken the Covid-19 vaccine and therefore are “essentially safe” to be around in a social or public setting.

According to its website, “Bindle is an easy, secure way to safely return to shared spaces using COVID-19 test results and vaccination records. The app creates scannable entry passes without revealing sensitive personal data or health information.  Since users control their own data, businesses are freed from navigating HIPAA compliance regulations.” Legally, that last part is vitally important. The user of the app is voluntarily providing the information…whether the like it or not! You don’t have a constitutional right to go to a music concert and you certainly don’t have a right to purposefully expose others to what is a proven and sometimes deadly virus. Anti-vaxxers will not be happy, but those that welcome the vaccines and are grateful for them, will applaud the effort.

And there is little indication, despite lower numbers of infections and deaths, that Covid-19 will not be around for months longer, perhaps years…and may in fact become an annual event much like the flu season, except that it is far more deadly and contagious than influenza.

It should be said that the T-Bar Social Club did its “due diligence.” They reportedly took a look at the 60 bands that had played there and asked them their “vaccination status.” They chose The Nomads to play based on the responses they received.

Sierra Wave is looking into how well the event went for concertgoers. If you were there, we’d like to hear from you, what you thought about the process, and how did you like the concert. This particular approach to staging a concert or other public events may well become the “new normal.

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7 Responses to “The Walking Vaccinated?” For Music Concert Goers.

  1. Masked Locals May 12, 2021 at 7:05 am #

    Old saying in Las Vegas; “Once you put your money on the table, it belongs to the house.” People really ought to be way more careful about what they do with their personal information with all these apps as well as the internet. Does anybody really think that this app maker won’t sell their information to a company like Google for profit? Google currently buys information from grocery store discount cards to sell to medical insurance companies who in turn use it to help set the premium costs in a given area. Have you been a good person today, or did you buy junk food and vodka? Like most things in life, when profit enters the picture, the slope gets very slippery. People would do well to start reading more before they just blindly trust that all of these apps are for the greater good. As a fully vaccinated person, would I pay some unregulated company I’ve never heard of to take my personal information just so I could pay again to listen to some music?

     
  2. Pedro May 11, 2021 at 9:28 pm #

    “Since users control their own data, businesses are freed from navigating HIPAA compliance regulations.”

    Huh? Nightclubs don’t have to comply with HIPAA. HIPAA covers health care providers. Bindle may have to comply as a medical information clearinghouse. Nightclubs and other non medical business generally have to comply with Federal laws such as Americans with Disabilities Act and Civil Rights Act along with any local discrimination laws. Denying entry to someone who isn’t vaccinated because they have a history of vaccine anaphylaxis could be a problem, for an armchair example.

    I’m no lawyer, but it doesn’t look like SWave talked to one either. There’s a lot of legal nuance in asserting your right to “Refuse service to anyone.” Current situation seems a minefield for businesses trying to protect the health of everyone while not inadvertently trampling the legal rights of individuals.

     
  3. Ullr the Drooler May 11, 2021 at 1:12 pm #

    If the T-Bar Social Club which hosted this event is in June Lake, why do you say, “That it was a business in Mammoth Lakes that would be the first to take advantage of the [Bindle] application is not surprising.”?

    I thought they were two different places; sure seems like it anyway.

     
    • Charles James May 19, 2021 at 7:54 pm #

      Thanks for pointing out the mistake. It happens. And it is good when readers “catch them.” Unfortunately a couple of your comments were sent to Spam by our software program, which also happens. Thanks again.

       
  4. JaneE May 11, 2021 at 9:57 am #

    The records are “self attested”, not verified. If the individuals who sign up are honest about their vaccinations and tests it can validate that the venue’s requirements are met. The people who buy fake vaccination certificates would probably not hesitate to enter them into the app either.

    If they can come up with a way for actual medical providers to validate records for the people who enter them themselves without violating medical privacy laws, then this could be a real benefit for businesses in trying to establish safe spaces. If not, it only looks like it is doing something.

    I would not trust a “self attested” record for anyone I don’t know personally. Or even for some people I do know personally. There are just too many scam artists out there.

    It is a great idea, and would provide a real benefit for places that want to enforce their own standards or even keep up with the changes in local standards, but it looks to have too many loopholes to be a reliable reporter of vaccinated status. When or if they can actually verify the information people enter, it could be useful.

     
  5. Jamie Schectman May 11, 2021 at 7:44 am #

    Here’s a recap of the concert and national debut of the digital health wallet

    https://www.tahoeonstage.com/reviews/concert-reviews/first-show-with-vax-policy-rocks-with-4-encores/

     

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