NYC Places Vaccine Mandate on Private Sector Employers

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Mayor Bill de Blasio has set new requirements for vaccine-eligible children, alongside his announcement on Monday for private-sector employees. 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday that all private-sector employers must adhere to the city’s new COVID-19 mandate, according to ABC 7 Eyewitness News.   

De Blasio said that the “first in the nation measure” will begin on Dec. 27 and is meant to prevent an increase in infections during the holiday season.   

“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,” he said on MSNBC’S Morning Joe.   

The mayor also requires children between 5 and 11 years of age to show proof of their vaccination status to partake in indoor dining, fitness and entertainment, ABC 7 reported.   

“A lot of parents want to take their kids out to wonderful things happening in the holiday season. Here’s a reminder: get your child vaccinated. One dose will immediately qualify a child in any of those activities,” de Blasio said.

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Around 20% of kids in that age group in NYC are vaccinated.   

“We are under attack from the coronavirus. We’ve got omicron as a new factor, colder weather, which is really going to create additional challenges with the delta variant,” he continued. “We’ve got holiday gatherings. 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 causes to all of us.” 

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