A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from December 13, 2021
Vaccine Bouncer or Vax Bouncer or Vaxx Bouncer

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic resulted in some mandates, such as vaccination requirements to enter restaurants and indoor entertainments. Some of these establishments hired a “vaccine bouncer” (also spelled “vax bouncer” or “vaxx bouncer") to check IDs, and to “bounce” those without IDs from the place. The term is somewhat confusing, as a “vaccine bouncer” does not bounce vaccines.

“vaccine bouncer: ‘sorry lads, no luck tonight i’m afraid’” was posted on Twitter by Dan Paddy Andy on January 29, 2021. “Gonna get a fake ID saying I’m 65. COVID vaccine bouncer won’t know what’s coming...” was posted on Twitter by udi on February 11, 2021. “So we get vaccine bouncers on every shop door?” was posted on Twitter by Adrian Hilton on February 14, 2021. “What It’s Like to Be a Restaurant’s ‘Vaccine Bouncer’” was posted on Eater—New York on December 14, 2021.

“Can’t put vax bouncers at the door?” was posted on Twitter by kthxbye on April 27, 2021. “How does that work? Will there be a vax bouncer at the door of places checking vax cards?” was posted on Twitter by questianity on May 13, 2021. “Incoming vax bouncers at your local trader joes checking cards” was posted on Twitter by ric later on May 13, 2021. “Meet your new vax bouncers” was posted on Twitter by Curbed on August 24, 2021.

“Ok, so NYC is making ya prove you are vaxxed with certain places. Does this mean we gonna have Vaxx Bouncers at the doors?” was posted on Twitter by Andria Razz on August 5, 2021. “Every public building is pretty much going to have to hire a Vaxx Bouncer” was posted on Twitter by jason anderson on August 8, 2021. “Receptionist? Maitre d’? Now You’re Also a Vaxx Bouncer Five workers talk about enforcing the new vaccine mandate” was posted on Curbed on August 23, 2021. “V impressed by the vaxx bouncers at @PabstTheater” was posted on Twitter by 100% Pooch on August 23, 2021.


Wikipedia: COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in January 2020 and a pandemic in March 2020.

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Dan Paddy Andy
@danpaddyandy102
vaccine bouncer: ‘sorry lads, no luck tonight i’m afraid’
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TheJournal.ie
@thejournal_ie
· Jan 29
Breaking: The European Medicines Agency has approved the Astrazeneca-Oxford vaccine for everyone over the age of 18 https://thejournal.ie/astrazeneca-vaccine-2-5339090-Jan2021/
10:21 AM · Jan 29, 2021·Twitter Web App

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udi
@urielsibarra
Gonna get a fake ID saying I’m 65. COVID vaccine bouncer won’t know what’s coming…
8:13 PM · Feb 11, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

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Adrian Hilton
@Adrian_Hilton
So we get vaccine bouncers on every shop door? Unless it’s photo ID, how will they know it’s mine? What if I just need bread, but left it at home? What happens if I lose it, but need to feed a family? Wouldn’t it be easier just to insert a microchip in the right hand or forehead?
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Tom Swarbrick
@TomSwarbrick1
· Feb 14
NEW: @DominicRaab says the Government is looking at the possibility of introducing domestic vaccine passports.
Plans to allow entry to shops based on a scheme are “under consideration” and haven’t been ruled out
#SwarbrickOnSunday
11:03 AM · Feb 14, 2021·Twitter Web App

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banza bitch
@organicjuknowho
i wish i could flash the vaccine bouncers some cleavage like u do in line for the club
12:49 PM · Feb 19, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

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Frak
@FrakThePerson
Vaccine Bouncers.. Summer 2021
(A video is shown.—ed.)
6:32 PM · Mar 16, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

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Upstate Federalist
@upstatefederlst
I am dying for people to explain to me the logistics of every single public and private business in the country hiring one or more vaccine bouncers to check papers on the way in the door.
11:06 AM · Mar 26, 2021·Twitter Web App

Irish Mirror
Vaccine ‘bouncers’ being hired for centres to make sure people stick to rules - and will cost taxpayer millions
Exclusive: The Irish Sunday Mirror has learned of plans to have what the HSE euphemistically calls ‘security marshals’ to man the 37 vax centres when they pick up pace next month

By Ferghal Blaney Political Editor
10:28, 28 MAR 2021
Bouncers are being employed at mass vaccination centres and will cost the taxpayer millions.

The Irish Sunday Mirror has learned of plans to have what the HSE euphemistically calls “security marshals” to man the 37 vax centres when they pick up pace next month.

The security personnel’s key duties will include “to direct and maintain flow, to ensure social distancing, to maintain order when appropriate”.

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Declan Lawn
@DecLawn
I’m imagining showing my vaccine passport outside a club and the vaccine bouncer looking at it and saying dismissively, “Not tonight mate. It’s Pfizers only.”
4:52 AM · Apr 7, 2021·Twitter Web App

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Roger Gall
@Shambles151
Replying to @dvernalls @PhillipsBarrie and @StephenSumner15
Is he a ‘vaccine bouncer’?
Bouncers are supposed to keep undesirables out - not to imprison the landlord in their own pub.
Disgraceful.
9:02 AM · Apr 19, 2021·Twitter Web App

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kthxbye
@kthxbye_guy
Replying to @causamdicere @RyanInBrooklyn and @MarkLevineNYC
What do you mean “can’t actually do the policy?”
Can’t put vax bouncers at the door? Yeah but the nightclub can. Unenforceable policy is still policy and still has an effect.
The city could bury “voluntary” in very tiny letters and still get this pro-vaccine boost
11:20 AM · Apr 27, 2021·Twitter Web App

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questianity
@questianity
Replying to @kmbc
How does that work? Will there be a vax bouncer at the door of places checking vax cards?
5:16 PM · May 13, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

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David S. Bernstein
@dbernstein
Replying to @VanessaVcrosado
New profession: vax bouncer. Tosses the unvaccinated out of your establishment.
8:49 PM · May 13, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

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ric
@aiirric
Thank you CDC very cool!! Incoming vax bouncers at your local trader joes checking cards
9:15 PM · May 13, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

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Boston Girl
@boston_girl79
Replying to @ScottyNo_
Have fun!!! Soon , everyplace will need a vax bouncer, no vax card? Need to.wear a mask to enter.
7:20 PM · May 14, 2021·Twitter for Android

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Kristin Trelstad
@kirtzkristin
Replying to @nicquemarina
Same. I’m treating mine like a passport. I wish businesses would ask people for their cards upon entering. They could have vax bouncers or something ha.
8:46 AM · May 15, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

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Kevin King
@MobileGist
If everywhere starts getting a ‘vaccine bouncer’ to check vaccination status at the door, I’d rather fast pass in by just wearing a mask.
8:55 AM · May 16, 2021·Twitter Web App

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Brooklyn Mom
@graciefacelove
Replying to @SKokinos and @MarkLevineNYC
yes! now the struggling restaurants with like 3 employees have to train them on becoming vaccine bouncers too? and then the restaurants get fined for noncompliance? do democrats think ANYTHING through these days?! the reactionary legislating has got to stop!
5:39 PM · Jul 29, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

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Sal
@salmanH96
Vaccine Bouncers
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CNN
@CNN
· Aug 3
JUST IN: New York City will require proof of vaccination to enter all restaurants and fitness centers, Mayor Bill de Blasio announces.
“If you’re unvaccinated, unfortunately, you will not be able to participate in many things,” de Blasio said. https://cnn.it/2VjHxVR
10:34 AM · Aug 3, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

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Andria Razz
@AndriaRazz
Ok, so NYC is making ya prove you are vaxxed with certain places. Does this mean we gonna have Vaxx Bouncers at the doors? How does this work at Target, CVS, Macy’s, Lowes and all them restaurants? Will they be trained to tell the difference between real & fake cards? Also...1/3
11:44 AM · Aug 5, 2021·Twitter for Android

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jason anderson
@PennsyltuckyJCA
Replying to @PennsyltuckyJCA @bigbenny500 and 2 others
5. Every public building is pretty much going to have to hire a Vaxx Bouncer. 
He spends 4 hours a day in the gym so he can kick you out for non-compliance. AND he’s all brushed up the science and current on Faucci’s ever changing whims and dictates of the day.
9:09 AM · Aug 8, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Wine Enthusiast
August 17, 2021
Bar and Restaurant Workers Become ‘Vaccine Bouncers’ Amid New Mandates
BY STACEY LASTOE
On August 17, New York City introduced a policy that requires proof of vaccination for those who want to drink or dine at indoor bars and restaurants. New Orleans has a similar mandate in place and San Francisco will introduce one on August 20. Last week, Los Angeles City Council members voted in favor of vaccine requirements at indoor bars and restaurants, though details are still being determined.

How are these policies enforced?

While some venues employ dedicated security guards, others have asked existing employees to work the door as “vaccine bouncers.” It’s a difficult task amid staff shortages and the politicization of vaccines, and one that workers say requires full support of managers and owners.

Curbed (New York, NY)
AUG. 23, 2021
Receptionist? Maitre d’? Now You’re Also a Vaxx Bouncer Five workers talk about enforcing the new vaccine mandate.
By Caroline Spivack
The city’s restaurant hosts, gym receptionists, baristas, and bartenders got a second job last week: They’re all vaccine bouncers now too. With an inoculation mandate in effect for most places that serve food or drink or have entertainment, these employees now have the added responsibility of verifying proof of vaccination.

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100% Pooch
@seymouria
V impressed by the vaxx bouncers at @PabstTheater
I’ve caught fake IDs.  I’ve caught fake diplomas.  The guy who checked my proof of vaccination has DEFINITELY caught fake vaxx cards
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100% Pooch
@seymouria
· Aug 13
Do any local venues need a vaxx card bouncer?  I have years of document authentication AND bartending experience
8:38 PM · Aug 23, 2021·Twitter for Android

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Curbed
@Curbed
“Most people… are fully vaccinated. But on Tuesday a guy came in with a vaccine card that was clearly fraudulent. The paper stock is off. It’s clearly not right. I’m from New York; I can spot a scam.” Meet your new vax bouncers
curbed.com
Receptionist? Maître d’? Now You’re Also a Vaxx Bouncer
Five workers talk about enforcing the new vaccine mandate.
6:03 AM · Aug 24, 2021·SocialFlow

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Kim Kennedy
@kimcommvideo
I’d like a job as a vaxx bouncer. I would include a free lecture citing science journals. Snark and eye rolling are an extra charge
12:29 PM · Aug 26, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

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Adelaide
@adelaid84706125
@VOCMOpenline hey, do you know if any consultation has been done on the homeless in regards to the vaccine pp? most will use a dining area to warm up or get a cup of coffee, have they been thrown under the bus here? Also are companies expected to absorb cost of a vaxx bouncer?
11:25 AM · Sep 30, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Franchise Times
Should Franchisees Hire a Vaccine Bouncer?
Beth Ewen Oct 27, 2021
It was September 13 this fall, the first day New York City officials were enforcing the vaccine mandate for customers—or to be precise, enforcing whether restaurant, gym and theater owners were enforcing the mandate that customers needed to show proof of vaccination to come indoors.
(...)
Michael Krueger, an attorney with Newmeyer & Dillion, is among those advocating for a “vaccine bouncer,” like a bouncer in a bar in charge of checking IDs and dealing with unruly customers.

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Retro Tech Noir
@RetroTechNoir
California shuts down second In-N-Out location for not enforcing COVID “vax bouncer” policies https://foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/in-n-out-burger-california-officials-shut-second-location-vaccination-police #FoxBusiness
foxbusiness.com
ANIMAL STYLE: In-N-Out’s response to being shut down for defying COVID rules is golden
Northern California health officials shut down another In-N-Out Burger restaurant location Tuesday for allowing indoor dining without checking patrons for proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19…
1:05 PM · Oct 27, 2021·Twitter Web App

Los Angeles (LA) Times
Does your job description now include vaccine bouncer? This is what you need to know
BY KAREN GARCIA STAFF WRITER
NOV. 4, 2021 5 AM PT
Starting Thursday, nightclubs, bars, breweries, wineries, distilleries and lounges throughout Los Angeles County will have to deny indoor seats to people who can’t prove they’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, under an order from county health officials.
(...)
Checking customers’ vaccination status has been a bridge too far for some businesses, most famously Irvine-based In-N-Out, which has declared itself unwilling to serve as the government’s “vaccine police.”

San Fernando Valley (CA) Business Journal
New ‘Vax Bouncer’ Ordinance May See Scant Enforcement, City Councilmember Says
By Charles Crumpley
Thursday, November 4, 2021
A Los Angeles ordinance that goes into effect on Monday will require businesses to check the inoculation status of every customer who walks in the door, and newswoman Alex Cohen, moderating a lunchtime panel of city councilmembers today, said what business operators are fretting about: Many don’t like being forced to become “vaccine bouncers.”

Twitter
Fauci is a fraud. #fact
@Serious58221341
Replying to @latimes
Vaccine bouncer = nazi. There. It’s really simple.
8:26 AM · Nov 5, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

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San Fernando Valley Business Journal
@SFVBJ
A #LosAngeles ordinance will require #businesses to check the inoculation status of every customer who walks in the door and many don’t like being forced to become “vaccine bouncers.” Read more from the lunchtime panel of #citycouncilmembers at https://bit.ly/3qamSk6
11:06 AM · Nov 5, 2021·Sendible

Eater—New York
What It’s Like to Be a Restaurant’s ‘Vaccine Bouncer’
Dining room hosts have been tasked with carrying out NYC’s vaccine mandate, which recently expanded to include children ages 5 to 11. Here’s what the job is really like.

by Audrey Alunan Dec 14, 2021, 3:49pm EST
At the candlelit restaurant where I’ve worked for the past two years, on a lively corner in Brooklyn’s Park Slope, funk music and the rhythm of cocktail shakers in motion set the pace of service. Servers and food runners walk up and down the dining room runway; business as usual, except all workers wear masks now.

However, at the front door, I’m the barrier of entry. Starting in August, I began checking ID and proof of vaccination for everyone walking in, as mandated by the city. After eight years of hosting, I now serve a dual purpose with another job title as the restaurant’s designated vaccination bouncer. It’s a robotic task where I’m constantly reminding customers of basic protocol — and as of December 14, I’ll be reminding little kids to show me their passes for the green light to enter the restaurant.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Coffeehouses/Food Stores • Monday, December 13, 2021 • Permalink