COVID-19 vaccinations in New York for workers


Posted: Tue, Dec 7, 2021, 17:25

The mayor of New York City announced that it would implement a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for all workers in the private sector, meaning all workers in the city must meet mandatory vaccinations. The mayor said the mandatory vaccination was implemented to avoid last year's pandemic restrictions that made businesses slump.

One dose deadline on 27th December
According to CNBC, the vaccination mandate will affect 184,000 businesses and will take effect on December 27, requiring workers to have had at least one dose of the vaccine. This new rule applies to employees who enter the workplace. Guidelines on this rule will be released on December 15, which will outline implementation and enforcement.

Previously the Biden government had implemented mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations and testing for businesses with 100 or more employees nationwide, but those rules have been discontinued. Georgia Pestana, the company's adviser to the city, said that although implementation was a hit nationally, it could be implemented in New York City.

This city in the United States (US) will also require everyone aged 12 years and over to show proof of two doses of vaccination, which receives only one dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine, as a condition of visiting restaurants, gyms, entertainment and shows, starting takes effect on 27 December.

For children aged 5-11 years the application takes effect on December 14, but only one dose of vaccination is required. That age group must also show proof of a dose, as a condition of participating in activities such as sports, bands, orchestras and dance, also valid on December 14.

De Blasio, who will soon leave office, has discussed with mayor-elect Eric Adams about the policy. Currently 77 percent of the population in New York City has received at least one dose.

Business response to vaccination mandates
According to CNN, Kathryn Wylde, head of the influential business group Partnership for New York City, said she was surprised by the announcement from the media, usually businesses would get notice from local leaders. Wylde questioned whether the city had the authority to mandate vaccination.
Wylde said the vaccination mandate had the backing of businesses, but said businesses needed to know more information about enforcing the rules.

The New York Chamber of Commerce, praising the move, its director Helena Natt said it would not be a problem as most workers had been vaccinated. Natt considers a vaccination mandate necessary to protect the workplace.