US Mayor: Vaccine mandates to be required for all NYC employers
Vaccine mandate calls fueled by COVID-19's latest spike
The rise in cases brought on by the delta variant is spurring new calls for employers to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for their workers, and some major entities are starting to follow through. There was a flurry of activity around vaccine mandates on Monday, with California and New York City announcing vaccine mandates for government employees, or else weekly testing. The Department of Veterans Affairs became the first federal agency to mandate the vaccine, focusing on its front-line health care workers.
NEW YORK (AP) — All New York City employers will have to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for their workers under new rules announced Monday by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The vaccine mandate for private businesses will take effect Dec. 22 and is aimed at preventing a spike in COVID-19 infections during the holiday season and the colder months, the Democratic mayor said on MSNBC's “Morning Joe.”
Private companies must require vaccines for workers. It's the only way to get past COVID.
Biden and the US government are limited by politics and unclear authority. But private vaccine mandates are legal, ethical and, above all, effective.The unfortunate consequence is that the highly transmissible delta variant is causing surges in cases, hospitalizations and even deaths throughout the country, particularly in spots with low vaccination rates.
“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 said. “All private-sector employers in New York City will be covered by this vaccine mandate as of Dec. 22.”
Vaccinations are already required for city employees including teachers, police officers and firefighters, and a vaccination mandate for employees of private and religious schools
De Blasio said he expects the new mandate to survive any legal challenges.
Current New York City COVID-19 rules also include at least one vaccine dose for indoor restaurant dining, entertainment venues and fitness centers. Under new mandates for indoor dining, entertainment and gyms, two shots will be required for people over 12. One shot will be required for children aged 5 to 11, who are not covered by the current mandate, de Blasio said.
Senate Republicans move to block Biden's vaccine mandate with help from Democrats Manchin, Tester .
The effort is unlikely to get anywhere in the House. The fate of the mandate will lie in the hands of the courts, which are weighing challenges.Biden announced this fall that businesses with 100 or more employers would have to require their workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 4, or be tested at least weekly. The rule, issued through the federal Occupational Safety and Hazards Administration, is already on hold thanks to the ruling last month of a federal appeals court which called it "staggeringly overbroad.