As the COVID-19 variant, Omicron, continues to spread across the world, Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York City has mandated that all the private employers in the city get their employees vaccinated against the virus.
The decision is a “pre-emptive strike” to combat the virus, and control its spread. The mandate will become active from December 27, and every in-person worker will have to provide proof of having received at least one jab.
New York City is a hub of 1, 84, 000 businesses, with a working population of about 3.7 million.
The Mayor shared his concern over the increased vulnerability to catch the virus during the festival season. New York City is the first major city to impose a vaccination mandate on employers. However, workers will be allowed to seek religious or medical exemption to the mandate.
Anyone in the age range of 12 or/and above who wants to eat at a restaurant, exercise in the gym, or watch a movie in a theatre will have to present proof of being fully vaccinated, that is, having received two shots of the vaccine. Children aged 5 to 11 will have to present proof of having received one jab.
Of the total population of 7 million of age 18 and above, 5.9 million have already received at least one jab. The delta variant is still the prominent cause of infections in the country.