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New York City to impose vaccine mandate on private sector employers

Illustrative: People sign-up for a shot at a city-operated mobile pharmacy for the COVID-19 vaccine in a Brooklyn neighborhood on July 30, 2021 in New York City. (SPENCER PLATT / Getty Images via AFP)
Illustrative: People sign-up for a shot at a city-operated mobile pharmacy for the COVID-19 vaccine in a Brooklyn neighborhood on July 30, 2021 in New York City. (SPENCER PLATT / Getty Images via AFP)

New York City employers will have to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for their workers, announces Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The vaccine mandate for private businesses will take effect Dec. 27 and is aimed at preventing a spike in COVID-19 infections during the holiday season and the colder months, the Democratic mayor says on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“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,” de Blasio says. “All private-sector employers in New York City will be covered by this vaccine mandate as of Dec. 27.”

Vaccinations are already required for hospital and nursing home workers and city employees including teachers, police officers and firefighters. A vaccination mandate for employees of private and religious schools was announced last week.

The city was moving to impose the mandate on private sector businesses even as federal courts have temporarily blocked an attempt by US President Joe Biden to do the same nationally for larger companies.

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