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Grace Cathedral San Francisco requires proof of vaccination

Grace Cathedral San Francisco requires proof of vaccination

Grace Cathedral San Francisco requires proof of vaccination for those 12 and older. Masking is also required.


Proof of vaccinations  

Following the guidance of local public health officials and our Bishop, we will be requiring that everyone 12 years and above will need to show proof of vaccination before entry into Grace Cathedral. Starting Aug 24 for Events and will expand to include all Services starting Aug 29. We have implemented an advanced proof of vaccination form for you to complete and upload an image of your vaccination card. For any questions or concerns about the process please contact

If you are unable to provide proof in advance, please be prepared to present any of the following prior to entry into Grace Cathedral:

What precautions will you take? 

  • Proof of vaccination is required for in-person events starting August 24 and will expand to services starting August 29.
  • Pre-register service attendees is recommended. We will also capture contact info from walk ins in order to support contact tracing should that be necessary
  • Ensure separate entrance and exit routes
  • Health screening questions posted
  • Hand sanitizers available on site
  • Ensure that everyone is masked while indoors
  • Ensure that attendees are seated with and maintain 6-feet of distance from other households
  • Encourage people to socialize outside
  • Fully vaccinated clergy and lay leaders may remove their masks while speaking or singing and socially distant, following new, local guidance

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Susan L Yarborough

I’m watching an Episcopal priest and hospital chaplain being destroyed before my eyes by the Covid crisis while people argue about vaccines. His exhaustion is palpable. There are not enough chaplains at his hospital or in this city in a state with a governor who forbid masking and vaccine mandates.

Meanwhile, some churches, “worship centers,” and “Christians” have driven the pandemic with their constant claims about “freedom.” Well, there’s word for what those who have refused to mask, get the vaccine, and curtail their activities are doing and it’s not freedom. It starts with an S and churches used to occasionally talk about seven forms of it until they decided that the only real ones were abortion and homosexuality.

Michael Patterson

The vaccines are free and available to all, and we are in the midst of a public health emergency. In San Francisco, where 80% of the eligible population is fully vaccinated, this requirement makes perfect sense. It is one of the best ways for the congregation to protect each other and the children who are still ineligible for vaccines. I am glad that the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC has adopted the same policy and hope more religious communities do the same.


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What if Jesus had required papers before the sick were allowed into his presence? Would the lepers have been healed? How many more people would have gone without the healing presence of the Lord had such policies been in place?

Michael Foughty

Why does this make me uncomfortable? I’ve been vaccinated. I wear a mask 😷 as needed. But the requirement for appropriate “papers” to enter sacred spaces strikes me as vaguely unChristian. We need to be wary of worshipping blindly at the altar of public health and overly taking council of our fears.

Becky Zimmerman

Michael, it makes me a little uncomfortable, too – but not because I think it’s unChristian. It’s because it’s extreme. But the virus is extreme, and the problem is the people who are not vaccinated and/or not mask wearer. Desperate times call for desperate measures. If certain individuals refuse to put the health and well-being of their fellow citizens above their own self-proclaimed “rights”, there is a price they must pay for that decision. It takes courage to do the right thing, and I believe Grace Cathedral has demonstrated that courage in this case.

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