New York City, having forced all its health and education workers to get vaccinated, will now impose the same mandate on the rest of the officials, who will have until Friday, October 29, to get at least the first dose of the vaccine.
This was announced this Wednesday by the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, in a morning radio program and at a press conference where he specified that Anyone who does not get vaccinated by that date will be put on compulsory leave of absence. “Now it is a mandate for all city agencies, for all city workers. It is time for everyone to get vaccinated. Our public employees will take us out of the COVID era,” De Blasio said.
De Blasio defended that the obligation imposed on health workers and teachers worked and insisted that it was time that other services such as the police, firefighters or transport system workers also included protection against COVID-19. According to the official data offered by the councilor, 96% of the workers in the Health department and 95% of those in the health system have received their doses. In addition, he pointed out that the temporary suspension of those who refused to be vaccinated did not cause interruptions in schools and hospitals.
In departments where vaccination has not been mandatory, workers who are reluctant to get vaccinated could until now choose to get tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis.
Teachers and health unions took the decision of the New York councilor to court, but so far the courts have spoken in favor of the imposition of the vaccine. San Francisco is the other big city in the country that has taken similar measures for its officials, who also have until November 1 to get vaccinated.