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Some people will vote with their pocketbooks: DC fitness club takes proof of vaccine stand – WTOP

Posted: August 15, 2021 at 1:49 am


VIDA Fitness will require club members show proof of vaccination the facility is working to update its software to make it convenient for health-conscious members.

A D.C. health club, VIDA Fitness, is implementing a proof of vaccination requirement and the clubs founder tells WTOP some members have asked what took so long.

We believe that the best way to get past this pandemic is get everybody vaccinated, said David von Storch. He, and a coalition of gyms, had hoped to be given a waiver of the Districts new mask mandate by opening only to vaccinated people.

Von Storch said the club is now updating its computer software to facilitate members providing proof while checking-in to the facility.

What were doing in the next two weeks is rolling out the program, communicating with our members, von Storch said. Well have it notified in the record that they showed us a vaccination card, so they only have to do it once.

He said the response has been overwhelmingly positive. After thank you, the second-most comment is, What took you so long?'

He said the company imposed mandatory vaccinations for employees in May, and isnt surprised most club members are supportive.

In the space where we compete fitness people are health conscious, von Storch said.

Some members have raised an eyebrow at the requirement, he acknowledges.

There are others who say, Hey, Im vaccinated, but I dont dont feel comfortable giving you my medical information,' said von Storch. Were talking to them, saying, Look, were not asking for your medical records, were only asking for proof of vaccination.'

Even after addressing privacy concerns: Some people will be voting with their pocketbooks, and were prepared for that.

The coronavirus crisis has required business owners to make a series of choices, in trying to ensure both physical and financial well-being.

I wouldnt have made this decision six months ago, von Storch said. But every month, and every week, we learn information, and best practices, and we believe this is the best practice to keep our gyms open and our members healthy.

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WTOPs Scott Gelman contributed to this story.

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