New York City is imposing a vaccine mandate for all private sector employers, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday. From big Wall Street banks to corner grocery stores, all private employers in New York City will have to require their workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
It is the most sweeping vaccine mandate of any state or big city in the U.S.
De Blasio, a Democrat with just weeks left in office, said the mandate will take effect December 27th, with in-person workers needing to provide proof they have received at least one dose of the vaccine. To add insult to injury, workers will not be allowed to get out of the requirement by agreeing to regular COVID-19 testing.
De Blasio said on MSNBC:
“As of today we are going to announce a first-in-the-nation measure — our health commissioner will announce a vaccine mandate for private sector employers across the board.”
A New York resident said about the mandate:
“It’s extreme — it seems to be ham-fisted and (it) seems to be overkill.”
The measure will apply to roughly 184,000 businesses not covered by previous vaccine mandates, ranging from multinational corporations to mom-and-pop businesses in the city of 8.8 million people, according to a spokesperson for the mayor. The city’s private-sector workforce is 3.7 million.
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