Thursday, 20 January 2022

New York City imposes vaccine mandate for private-sector employers

New York City imposes vaccine mandate for private-sector employers

On Monday, the mayor announced that all employers in Private companies in New York City would require the workers to get Fully vaccinated against Covid-19, imposing one of the most forceful vaccine rules in the country.

The move by Mayor Bill comes as cases are rising again in the US, and the problematic omicron variant is gaining a footing in New York and around the country.

He said.

"We in New York City have marked to use a preventive strike to really do something bold to stop the further growth of Covid-19 and the dangers it's causing to all of us,"

He said the order would take effect on December 27.

He said the move aims to break off a spike of infections amid holiday gatherings and as cold weather drives more people indoor, where the virus is more likely to spread.

Vaccine mandates across cities and states vary widely. Some states resist orders, and others require the shots for government employees or specific sectors that run an exceptionally high risk, such as healthcare workers.

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Read More: List of countries report cases of omicron variant of coronavirus

But many officials have not announced mandates reaching as far into the private sector, nor directives covering many people.

Joe Biden seeks to impose a similar mandate nationwide, applying to businesses with 100 or more employees, but federal courts have put that on hold ahead of a January 4 deadline.

De Blasio, who leaves office at the month-end and has indicated that he may seek the nomination for governor of NY next year, has sought to portray himself as a national leader in the fight against Covid-19.

The mandate takes effect days before de Blasio leaves office, and Democrat Eric Adams is sworn into office. Evan Thies, a spokesman for Adams, said in a statement that the mayor-elect "will evaluate this mandate and other Covid-19 strategies when he is in office and make determinations based on science, efficacy and the advice of health professionals."

Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin of Long Island, who is seeking the GOP nomination for governor, called the newly announced vaccine requirement a "job-killing, small business-suppressing mandate."

Zeldin said in a statement.

"When you dangerously combine a far-left, lame duck politician, who is anti-business, one-dimensional, unaccountable, not bright and has a perpetual 'I always know best' attitude,' you get Bill de Blasio, the Worst Mayor in America," 

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