On Monday, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced his own vaccine mandate for the private sector.
Background: President Biden previously announced businesses with over 100 employees would require them to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
The new mandate brought on immediate black lash from lawmakers and Americans and the measure is now at threat of being destroyed by the Senate.
What Happened: Mayor de Blasio announced the “first of its kind” vaccine mandate over the concern of the new omicron variant. The new mandate is an expansion of the city’s vaccine requirement already in place for city workers.
“We’ve got omicron as a new factor; we’ve got the colder weather, which is going to really create additional challenges with the delta variant; we’ve got holiday gatherings. We in New York City have decided to use a preemptive strike to really do something bold to stop the further growth of COVID and the danger it’s causing to all of us,” de Blasio said during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”ADVERTISEMENT
“So as of today we’re going to announce a first in the nation measure: Our health commissioner will announce a vaccine mandate for private-sector employers across the board. All private-sector employers in New York City will be covered by this vaccine mandate as of Dec. 27,” he added. (per The Hill)
Details: Starting Dec. 27, all employees will have to show proof of vaccination.
Mayor de Blasio also announced that children 5-11 will have to show proof of vaccination in order to dine indoors and use fitness facilities.
What Republicans Say: Republicans have slammed the mandate as a gross overreach.
Protests against the new mandate have already begun in New York.