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To the Vegan Community of Eastern Iowa friends—


The VCEI Board of Directors has been discussing what needs to be done to create a safe space for our dine out and plantluck events. According to Amelia L. B. Slaichert, MPH, Johnson County Health Department, “Our number of positive cases has been rising over the past few weeks, and it is certainly possible that we could reach a level of substantial or high transmission in the near future.”  With this information in mind, along with Ms. Slichert’s recommendations (and in consideration of the CDC guidelines), the Board has decided to exercise an abundance of caution and require that all participants in VCEI activities either be fully vaccinated, or if unvaccinated, present documentation of a negative COVID test result within 48 hours of the event.  We will continue to record the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of everyone who attends our events, which will facilitate notifications if a break-through, positive COVID test is reported.


The wearing of masks or face shields is encouraged for those who feel more comfortable with an added layer of protection.


We hope this vaccination requirement does not inhibit your participation with the wonderful members of our vegan community, and instead, causes you to feel more comfortable with us being together.


VCEI Board of Directors

"People eat meat thinking they will become strong as an ox, forgetting that the ox eats grass."

- Pino Caruso

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