(TJVNEWS) New York City will mandate the coronavirus vaccine for all private-sector employees starting December 27 in an attempt to combat the omicron variant.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the “first in the nation” measure on Monday morning, calling it a preemptive strike against the omicron coronavirus variant and a measure to “maximize vaccination quickly, so we can get ahead of omicron and all the other challenges we are facing right now with COVID.”
This announcement comes weeks before he will leave office, and the NY Times is reporting incoming Mayor Eric Adams, will not commit to these mandates.
MY Times reported:
“The mayor-elect will evaluate this mandate and other Covid strategies when he is in office and make determinations based on science, efficacy and the advice of health professionals,” said Evan Thies, a spokesman for Mr. Adams.
Mr. Adams, who says he is fully vaccinated and has received a booster shot, has been vague about some of Mr. de Blasio’s other pandemic measures.
Adams has wavered back and forth on De Blasio’s extreme mandates. While President Biden’s mandates have encountered court roadblocks, NYC’s mayor has forged full steam ahead with unprecedented and unchecked power. In his waning days in office, de Blasio has pushed his power to the limit, and now wants to ban unvaccinated children from indoor spaces.
“All private-sector employers in New York City will be covered by this vaccine mandate as of Dec. 27,” he added.
Bill de Blasio’s mandate also expands indoor dining, entertainment, and fitness vaccine mandate for children, ages five to 11 years old. Individuals who are between those ages and unvaccinated will reportedly be refused service at restaurants, entertainment venues, and gyms on December 27.
The new measures will also require two vaccine doses, up from one, to be considered fully vaccinated.
Bill de Blasio’s omicron variant measures come as the virus has spread to 17 states, the Washington Post reported on Monday. It has rapidly spread, though candidate Joe Biden promised at least ten times in 2020 to “shut the virus down.”
The News York Times admitted in November more people have died under Biden’s watch from the coronavirus than under former President Donald Trump, despite vaccine availability.