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Private sector workers in New York City must be vaccinated against COVID-19 before the end of the year, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.
This “first-in-nation” program, which will apply to approximately 184,000 companies, said the mayor in a press release.
“From workplace mandates to $ 100 incentives to mobile and home vaccination offers, no place in the nation has done more to end the COVID era,” the press release said. “And if you haven’t already taken this step, there is no better day than today to stand up for your city.”
Enforcement details were not provided, but the press release said private sector employers will receive details on how the rule will be implemented on December 15th. A vaccination program for city workers has resulted in a 94% vaccination rate for city government workers, de Blasio said.
Private sector workers must receive at least one dose of vaccine by December 27th. You can’t refuse vaccinations, as a proposed federal mandate for private sector employees would allow, the New York Times reported.
The head of a prominent group of companies said de Blasio’s announcement came as a complete surprise.
“We were blind,” Kathryn Wylde, the partnership president for New York City, told the Times. “There’s no warning, no discussion, no idea if it’s legal or who he’s expecting to enforce.”
On Monday morning on MSNBC, de Blasio explained why he took this move less than a month before leaving office.
“We have Omicron as a new factor,” he said. “We have the colder weather, which will really create additional challenges with the Delta variant, we have holiday meetings. We in New York City decided to do something really brave with a pre-emptive strike to stop further growth.” of COVID and the dangers it poses for all of us. “
Further new requirements have been announced.
As of December 14, children aged 5-11 must show they have received a dose of vaccine to participate in “high-risk after-school activities” including sports, bands, orchestras and dancing.
From December 14th, children aged 5-11 must provide evidence that they have received at least one dose of vaccine to enter indoor restaurants, fitness, entertainment and performance venues.
As of December 27, all New Yorkers 12 and older will be required to show they have received two doses of vaccine to enter these venues unless they have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine with one dose.
New York City. “Mayor de Blasio Announces Vaccine Mandate for Private Sector Workers and Major Expansions to Nationwide Leading Key to NYC Program”
The New York Times: “New York City issues a comprehensive vaccination mandate for all private employers.”
New York City. “Transcript: Mayor de Blasio appears live on MSNBC’s Morning Joe”