On December 27, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the city would become the first in the country to impose a vaccination mandate on private-sector workers in an effort to prevent an outbreak of illnesses due to the new omicron form.
According to a statement released by his office on Monday, the regulation will affect around 184,000 firms. It also stated that the city is increasing vaccination requirements for indoor eating, entertainment, and exercise, which now require people to have taken at least one dose to allow only fully vaccinated persons access.
According to the Daily Mail, the vaccine requirement would demand kids aged five to 11 to provide proof of vaccination for dining indoors. Additionally, students participating in extracurricular activities like band or sports teams would be required to obtain at least one Covid vaccination injection by December 14.
In the interview, De Blasio did not elaborate on how it will be implemented. The city will publish enforcement and accommodation instructions on December 15, according to the news release.
“This will be my advice to mayors, governors, and CEOs across the country to use vaccine compulsions, and the more universal they are, the more likely employees will say, ‘OK, it’s time, I’m going to do this,’ because you can’t jump from one industry to another, or one company to another,” he said in an interview with MSNBC television. “It has to be universal in order to safeguard all of us.”
The finding of the first few instances of the omicron form and a post-Thanksgiving spike in Covid-19 infections in New York City threatens to stall the city’s economic recovery. While the omicron instances appear to be unconnected so far, officials have urged residents to believe the variation is already being spread locally, according to Governor Kathy Hochul.
Source: National Post