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  • Workers must complete their vaccine series by Sept. 13 or opt for a test each week.
  • The deadline coincides with the start of public school in the city when students return to the classroom.
  • The requirement comes amid an increase in COVID-19 cases in the city and nationwide fueled by the highly transmissible delta variant.

New York City will require all municipal workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the fall or be subjected to weekly testing. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-N.Y.) announced Monday morning that all 300,000-plus city workers, including teachers and police officers, must complete their vaccine series by Sept. 13 or opt for a test each week. The deadline coincides with the start of public school in the city when students return to the classroom. 

Unvaccinated city employees will have to wear masks indoors at all times. 

The requirement comes amid an increase in COVID-19 cases in the city and nationwide fueled by the highly transmissible delta variant. 

“This is about our recovery. This is about what we need to do to bring back New York City. This is about keeping people safe. This is about making sure our families get through COVID okay,” de Blasio said during a news conference

“In September, everything’s going to come together. September is the pivot point of the recovery,” he added. 


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The mayor said city health and hospital employees must be immunized or undergo tests starting Aug. 2. City workers who work in congregate and residential settings such as homeless shelters and senior centers will have to do so by Aug. 16.

De Blasio also urged private sector businesses to put in place vaccinate requirements for their employees. 

The city has experienced a significant uptick in cases since the beginning of the month, with the seven-day average of new cases rising to 862, according to the New York City Health Department

Vaccinations in the city are faring better than the national rate, with about 65 percent of adults fully vaccinated. 


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Published on Jul 26, 2021