Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York stated on Monday that the private sector in the United States’ largest city will be required to use the Covid-19 vaccine beginning in late December.
The injunction goes further than President Joe Biden’s nationwide decree to vaccinate workers with more than 100 employees by January 4th, which has been halted by court restrictions.
“As of today, our health commissioner will announce a vaccine requirement for private sector companies across the board,” de Blasio said on MSNBC, adding that it would take effect on December 27.
Vaccine mandates have a lengthy history in the United States, however they are usually issued by cities or states.
The introduction of the Covid-19 Omicron form, chilly winter weather, and Christmas gatherings, according to De Blasio, are “added hurdles” in combating the pandemic in New York, which was hit hard by the virus in 2020, with at least 34,000 deaths.
Since it was initially reported in late November, Omicron cases have been confirmed in at least 15 US states, including seven in New York, prompting Mayor Bill de Blasio to express his “grave worry.”
“We in New York City have chosen to employ a pre-emptive attack to do something truly daring to stop Covid’s continued growth and the threats it poses to all of us” he said.
Apart from the mandate, which would apply to 184,000 enterprises and companies, he added there will be other measures to “concentrate on maximising vaccination swiftly so we can move ahead of Omicron and all the other difficulties we are currently facing with Covid.”
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