New York massively expands vaccine mandate

Follow RT on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced the extension of the Covid vaccine mandate to the entire private sector as part of a package of toughened measures that will come into force on December 27.

“NYC is a global leader when it comes to COVID-19 recovery. We’ve proven that with vaccine mandates and incentives, we can beat this virus. Now we’re taking another step towards the future – a private sector employee vaccine mandate,” de Blasio said on Twitter.

Instead of one vaccine dose, the new mandate will require two.

Kids aged 5 to 11 will also need to have proof of vaccination to be able to enjoy indoor dining, entertainment, and fitness.

Last week, city authorities extended their recommendation of indoor mask-wearing to vaccinated residents and announced additional vaccine requirements for those working in childcare and education.

According to NYC Health, 70% of the city’s residents are fully vaccinated, with 77.6% having at least one vaccine dose.

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