This will affect about 340,000 city employees making the city not only the largest employer in the U.S. to “require” the vaccine. The city has said it is not a “mandate,” yet they have said no workers will be forced to take the shot, but they hope the weekly pain and discomfort of the test will move people to get the vaccine.
All workers will have till September 13 to get it. This coincides with the start of public school. This move which seems to be fueled by talk of the delta variant has been circulated and as more people are tested the rise in cases which has grown upwards of 300% as more people are getting vaccinated. There is one positive sign the hospitalization rates are much lower. With already 65% of the adults in the city being fully vaccinated.
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De Blasio has said that in addition to weekly testing unvaccinated employees will be required to wear a mask indoors at all times.