On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that any New York City government workers would be required to get their COVID vaccines. If they do not comply, they face weekly COVID tests. Nearly 340,000 city workers would be impacted by this mandate. The Department of Education, FDNY, and NYPD will all be impacted.
Currently, 71% of adults are vaccinated in New York City. de Blasio’s announcement seems to target the slowing vaccination rates. This slowed vaccination rate comes at a dangerous time, as COVID cases and hospitalizations are rising dramatically due to the highly contagious Delta variant, which is now the most dominant strain in New York City.
Because of these circumstances, other organizations and leaders are making similar decisions. Across the country, California Governor Gavin Newsome required that all state employees and healthcare workers get their vaccines.
De Blasio explained during his announcement, “This is about what we need to do to bring back New York City. This is about keeping people safe. This means everybody. This means obviously everyone who works in our schools, our educators and staff. It means the NYPD, the FDNY. It means all city agencies.”
The policy would take effect on September 13th, but for healthcare workers, it could take effect as early as August 2nd.