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JUST IN: NYC Becomes First City in America to Mandate Vaccines for All Private Businesses

Outgoing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new COVID vaccine mandate Monday morning requiring all workers at private companies across the five boroughs to receive the injections or face severe penalties.

“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 dangers it’s causing to all of us,” de Blasio said in an interview with MSNBC. “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.”

“NYC is strengthening vax screening at indoor public establishments like restaurants & theaters. * Will include 5-11 yr olds (as of 12/14) * Will require a 2nd shot, not just single shot (as of 12/27) These are much needed measures in the face of our delta/omicron wave,” NYC Councilmember Mark Levine posted on Twitter.

The city’s previous mandate only applied to city workers, while President Biden’s mandate applied to companies with more than 100 employees.

Read the full report at CBS New York.

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