New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a Covid-19 vaccine mandate for the private sector.
The new mandate will take effect from late December.
de Blasio said: “As of today we are going to announce a first-in-the-nation measure – our health commissioner will announce a vaccine mandate for private sector employers across the board.”
He said the new Omicron variant, along with the cold weather and holiday gatherings adds additional challenges to dealing with the pandemic.
“We in New York City have decided to use a pre-emptive strike to really do something bold to stop the further growth of Covid and the dangers it’s causing to all of us,” he said.
He further said there will be extra measures coming to encourage vaccination uptake.
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