Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York, announced that all private sector employees in the most populous city in the United States must be vaccinated against the coronavirus as of December 27.
The mayor announces a measure that goes much further than that of the US president himself, Joe Biden, whose mandatory vaccination order, which was to take effect on January 4 and is currently suspended by the courts, only concerned workers of companies with more than 100 employees.
“Here in New York, we have decided to launch a preemptive strike against the coronavirus to do something bold to stop the spread of COVID and the dangers it poses to all,” de Blasio said on MSNBC television.
He specified that all “private sector workers in New York are subject to the obligation to be vaccinated as of December 27,” which affects some 184,000 companies and businesses.
Also, as of the same date, “New Yorkers over 12 years of age will have to present proof that they have received three doses of the vaccine” in order to enter public places such as restaurants and theaters, according to the mayor, who ends his term. on December 31 and will be replaced by Eric Adams, elected at the polls on November 2.
The presence of the omicron variant of the coronavirus is confirmed in at least 15 states in the country, including New York.