New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will mandate all employees of the city’s public hospitals and health clinics be vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive mandatory regular testing.
The mayor’s order, announced Wednesday, will take affect August 2 and will cover Health and Hospitals Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s public clinic employees, according to The New York Daily News.
“We’re in a new era of COVID where there’ve been millions of people vaccinated and hospitalizations rates have gone down, but cases are rising and we need to make sure our health care facilities are as safe as possible,” a senior administration official told The New York Post on Tuesday, before the announcement. “That’s the logic.”
For employees who don’t take the shots, they’ll have to undergo weekly testing for COVID-19.
The Post said fewer than 60% of staffers within the Health and Hospital Department are fully vaccinated, even though they were the first people who could get the shots. That’s even below