We need to save lives, and we do it with vaccinations. My goal is to end the Covid era once and for all. It can be done, but only if we keep pressing on. — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
We need to save lives, and we do it with vaccinations. My goal is to end the Covid era once and for all. It can be done, but only if we keep pressing on. — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
New York City Mandates Vaccines for Its Workers to ‘End the Covid Era'
New York City took one of its most aggressive steps yet to increase vaccination rates in a city that was once the epicenter of the pandemic, requiring almost every member of the nation’s largest municipal work force to get vaccinated by the end of the month or lose their paychecks.

The new mandate by Mayor Bill de Blasio, following similar requirements for teachers and health care workers that led to a surge in vaccinations, is intended to persuade thousands of city workers who have resisted getting the shot to do so before the winter.

At least 46,000 police officers, firefighters and other city workers have not yet received the vaccine, and the mandate could lead to staffing shortages at a time when the city is still recovering from the pandemic, when shootings rose.

“We need to save lives, and we do it with vaccinations,” Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat with less than three months left in office, said at a news conference. “My goal is to end the Covid era once and for all. It can be done, but only if we keep pressing on.”


Starting on Nov. 1, New York City workers must have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine and can no longer submit to regular testing as an alternative. The mandate applies to roughly 160,000 city employees. The city has more than 300,000 workers, but nearly half were already required to be vaccinated.

Those who get their first doses at city-run vaccination sites between now and Oct. 29 will receive an extra $500 in their paychecks.

... New York City’s police commissioner, Dermot F. Shea, has supported a vaccine mandate for officers, though he acknowledged that it could strain the department if some officers choose to leave rather than get vaccinated. Mr. de Blasio said on Wednesday that he did not believe that a large number of police officers would quit over vaccinations.

“Do you want to get paid or not?” Mr. de Blasio said at a news conference. “Well, the vast, vast majority of people in public service need that paycheck.”

Mr. de Blasio, who is considering a run for governor next year, has taken an aggressive position on vaccinations — setting mandates, offering a $100 incentive and requiring the shots to dine indoors and to visit movie theaters. The vaccination rate in New York City has steadily climbed: More than 84 percent of adults have received one dose.

... Mr. de Blasio said that the vaccine mandate was necessary because many public workers have close contact with residents. “We need to reassure all New Yorkers that if you’re working with a public employee, they’re vaccinated,” he said.
Read the full article: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/20/nyregion/nyc-vaccine-mandate.html