Special Considerations regarding Covid

SBF takes the safety of our community seriously; these are measures we've taken regarding Covid-19.

Vaccination QR Codes

All SBF attendees must be fully vaccinated (two weeks after their final vaccination required for that vaccine), and must have a valid SMART/Fhir-compatible QR Code and state ID (driver's license).

You can find a list of states/provinces that have QR Codes we currently support at: VizCat

Register and receive your QR Code at those locations - remember your PIN and save a copy of your QR Code on your mobile phone.

  • In early 2020, California deployed a digitally-signed QR Code system for verifying Covid vaccination status. This was based on the SMART/FHIR system - which is also being used by Quebec, quickly followed by Colorado, Washington, British Columbia, and many other states. New York has a separate/incompatible QR Code system.

  • If you intend to attend SBF, you need to get your CA QR Code first. Some vaccination providers are a bit lax in forwarding your vaccination records to the state. If there are errors in your record, it may take a few weeks to get your state to correct it. Save your QR Code on your mobile phone; we will not be accepting printed vaccination cards at the door.

  • The point of a digitally-signed QR Code is that printed vaccination cards can be lost, damaged, faked/hacked. Fake vaccination cards can be readily ordered online (or made at home), and several cases of fake vaccination cards being used at dance events have been reported.

  • At the time, no mobile app was available to verify SMART QR Codes. Digital verification is essential to validate that the QR Code has not been hacked/faked. As such SBF created a mobile app that validates QR Code digital signatures and verifies (with State ID) whether the individually was fully vaccinated. Shortly afterwards, we created an online service to support web-based verification of QR Codes for event greeters, with the option to integrate co-branding and payment systems into the entry process.

  • Since then SMART/Fhir released their own mobile app, and we highly recommend using it, if you are not using our online service - search for "SMART Health Card Verifier" on your favorite app store.

  • If you are an event organizer, be certain to test that the app actually verifies the digital signature. It's possible to display vaccination data without verifying the signature - which would allow faked QR Codes through. I have provided a fake QR Code to test with: QR Code Digital Signatures.

  • VizCat has generously agree to host our online vaccination verifier app at: vizcat.com/qrcode - if you are an organizer that is interested in using it, send us a message at South Bay Fusion. We can work with you to add a payment system and co-brand it. We ask organizers for a monthly fee to help offset the cost of running the service.

  • Our QR Code verifier does not save/store any of your private vaccination information, unless you opt-in to link this data with your email address and state ID (for expedited scanning).

    Let us know if you have other questions about Vaccination QR Codes or SBF's verifier app.

    Pre-registraion and Out-of-State Visitors

    In order to streamline the check-in process, we ask that all SBF attendees pre-register once to verify your QR Code and optionally link your state ID.

    More information will be provided as the registration system becomes available.

    Covid and my Promise to You

    Some believe that if we just wait long enough (another couple of years), Covid will be controlled and life will go back to normal.

    I disagree.

    I believe Covid has become endemic to the human biome, like the common cold and herpes. Prior to vaccines, the focus was to minimize catching/spreading Covid, as it was deadly to a significant number of humans and it spread readily via droplets from mouth and nose.

    Vaccines have significantly reduced the number of people catching Covid, and dramatically reduced the number of people suffering severe/long-lasting symptoms and death.

    However, a small number of vaccinated people can still catch and spread Covid. They will likely not have noticeable symptoms, making it easier to spread to those who cannot or have refused to be vaccinated.

    Even if the population is 100% vaccinated, we will never achieve a risk-free environment. We need to continue using masks to minimize the ongoing spread of Covid.

    The good news is that since the advent of Covid vaccinations, ICU occupancy and deaths are no longer spiking to the levels of Covid case spikes. For regions that are continuing to wear masks, the case spikes have diminished. The take-home: get vaccinated and wear masks.

    In early 2020, SBF investigated/discussed/established criteria that we would use to determine when to shut down, and when we would re-open. Re-opening was dependent on the development of vaccines and the level at which they were adopted.

    As of November 2021, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties have achieved that level of vaccination. We waited a bit with the advent of the Delta Variant - but it appears that existing Covid vaccinations are demonstrating efficacy on this and other variants. We now have the Omicron variant that spreads even faster than Delta, and researchers are not yet certain the efficacy of existing vaccines against Omicron. We will wait until such reports are available from WHO/CDC to decide when to open.

    There are some on my team that believe no indoor events should occur until Covid is completely controlled. Others feel we should wait until after the Holidays. If you choose not to attend, I completely understand and respect your decision.

    Here's my pledge to you:

  • I will do my best to ensure that everyone attending SBF events is vaccinated. We are doing this through the enforcement of Vaccination QR Codes.

  • I will do my best to ensure that all attendees wear masks while on our premises. If I am not able to enforce this, I will shut down SBF.

  • Through registration and QR Code scans, I will do my best to provide contact tracing if anyone is reported to have contracted Covid. I will be asking everyone who attends SBF promise to let us know as soon as possible if they have contracted Covid.

  • If a Covid outbreak (multiple cases) occurs in the broader Bay Area dance community, I will shut down SBF. I will investigate cases/spread and determine whether and under what conditions we might re-open.

    I may modify/extend this list as we gain experience through this process. I appreciate your input/feedback and ongoing support.

    Love you all - Bob Free, Founder/Organizer of South Bay Fusion