New York City first in US to mandate Covid vaccine proof for private employer

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All New York City employers will soon be required to mandate that their workers show proof of vaccination against Covid-19, Mayor Bill de Blasio shared Monday.

The aggressive, first-of-its-kind measure, is what de Blasio is calling a ‘pre-emptive strike’ to combat the expected surge in Covid-19 cases this winter, as the delta and omicron variants create growing cause for concern.

‘We in New York City have decided to use a preemptive strike, to really do something bold to stop the further growth of Covid and the dangers it’s causing to all of us,’ the soon-to-be departing mayor said Monday morning on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe.’

‘So as of today, we’re going to announce a first-in-the-nation measure. Our health commissioner will announce a vaccine mandate for private sector employers across the board.’

de Blasio added: ‘Omicron is here, and it looks like it’s very transmissible. The timing is horrible with the winter months.’

The mayor is expected to provide additional details to the new policy at a 10am briefing.

The policy will take effect on December 27.

Currently only people employed by the city are required to show proof of vaccination to work, which began in October.

New York City is also extended the vaccine mandate for indoor dining, fitness and entertainment to include children ages 5 to 11. Beginning December 14, children in that age group will be required to show proof of at least one shot.

Monday morning’s announcement comes days after the mayor and Governor Kathy Hochul held a joint news conference to announce New York state’s first five cases of the Omicron variant.

Mayor-elect Eric Adams said in a statement that he will ‘evaluate’ the mandate when he is sworn into office.

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