Regardless of the court battles the Biden administration is engaged in over Joe’s national employer vaccine mandate via OSHA, Bill de Blasio, a far, far left narcissist soon departing NYC mayor just announced private employers in the city must require all their employees receive the COVID jabs.
This new mandate comes at the same time federal courts have temporarily blocked President Joe Biden’s federal vaccine mandate on companies with more than 100 employees from taking effect.
This first-in-the-nation vaccine mandate on private companies is what Mayor Bill de Blasio calls a “preemptive strike” against the Omicron variant and a possible winter surge of COVID-19.
The Mayor made the mandate announcement 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 said. “All private-sector employers in New York City will be covered by this vaccine mandate as of Dec. 27.”
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) December 6, 2021
NYC already requires vaccinations for hospital and nursing home workers, as well as city employees including teachers, police officers, and firefighters. Last week, the mayor’s office also announced these mandates would be extended to private and religious schools.
At a press conference Monday morning, New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi said that the city will issue the new vaccination rules on Dec. 15th.
“Vaccines work, and vaccine mandates work, particularly when joined with efforts to build vaccine confidence, provide incentives, and improve access, as we have in New York City,” Chokshi said. “We’ve seen this with our health care workers, school staff, and public employees. Now it’s time for the private sector to step up and follow suit.”
NYC Councilman Mark Levine, the chairman of the council’s health committee, tweeted that vaccination passport requirements at indoor public establishments like restaurants and theaters will be extended to include children ages 5 to 11 on Dec. 14 and will require a second vaccine shot as of Dec. 27.
BREAKING: NYC is strengthening vax screening at indoor public establishments like restaurants & theaters.
* Will include 5-11 yr olds (as of 12/14)
* Will require a 2nd shot, not just single shot (as of 12/27)
These are much needed measures in the face of our delta/omicron wave.
— Mark D. Levine (@MarkLevineNYC) December 6, 2021
On a positive note, for those living in the Big Apple, all of these COVID-19 policies are subject to review once Mayor-elect Eric Adams takes over on Jan. 1. In a statement to WLNY-TV, the mayor-elect said he will “evaluate” the new mandate once he takes office.
“The Mayor-elect will evaluate this mandate and other COVID strategies when he is in office and make determinations based on science, efficacy and the advice of health professionals,” a spokesperson said.