MSNBC anchor Ayman Mohyeldin took a New York City restaurant to task after it reportedly refused to allow his family entry due to his 4-year-old daughter’s unvaccinated status.
At the time of this reporting, vaccines are not available for children under the age of 5.
What are the details?
In a lengthy Twitter thread, Mohyeldin wrote, “Today my family was denied eating indoors at a restaurant because, wait for it, my 4 yr old daughter was with me and they dont serve ‘unvaccinated’ people. I tried to explain theres no CDC guideline requiring children under 5 get vaccinated. But the restaurant didn’t care.”
Mohyeldin, pointing to NYC restaurant Buvette, said that he even has a letter from the family’s doctor testifying that the child recently had COVID-19 — but it made no difference to the restaurant’s management.
“Don’t get me wrong, restaurants have the right to apply their own health standards but at least ground them in public health policies and science,” he continued. “Restaurants have suffered so much in this pandemic so its sad that when you try and help by dining out that you get turned away. And just to be clear, everyone else with me was vaccinated, boosted and/or had covid (me). My 4 yr old daughter has a letter from her doctor stating she recently had covid. But they didn’t care and only offered us to sit outside even though they were seating customers indoors.”
During a later exchange with a Twitter user, Mohyeldin argued, “If public health officials want to shut down restaurants to avoid the spread & hospitalizations, thats their call. But why is a restaurant banning unvaxxed kids when I literally cant get her vaxxed. Where is the science and data that backs up that decision? Or is that irrelevant?”
Twitter user Ryan Glasspiegel responded, “Is the vaccine even allowed for children under 5 yet?”
Mohyeldin responded, “It’s not. that’s exactly the point I was trying to make. What science, data, or public healthy policy or guideline is this grounded in? I couldn’t even get my 4 year old vaccinated if I wanted. Everyone else with me was vaxxed and boosted.”
The restaurant did not immediately respond to Fox News‘ request for comment.