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Mayor Adams Considering Booster Mandate for New York City Employees

On Sunday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced that he is considering mandating COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for city employees.

City workers have been under a vaccine mandate since November.

Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, one day after he was sworn in, Adams announced that the city would be examining the numbers to determine if he believes a booster mandate is the right course of action.

“If we feel we have to get to the place of making that mandatory, we’re willing to do that, but we’re encouraging them to do that now,” the mayor said.

The new mayor also urged those who are not vaccinated to “stop it.”

“I say to those who are not vaccinated: Stop it,” he said. “It’s time to get vaccinated. It’s time to have the booster shots. You’re endangering yourselves, and you’re endangering the public and your family, as well.”

Adams said that while COVID cases are skyrocketing in the Big Apple, the economic ramifications of shutting down the city are “as dangerous” as the virus.

“If we close down our city, it is as dangerous as COVID,” Adams stated. “That’s what our focus must be. So that proper balance of safety [and] keeping our economy operated is going to allow us to get through.”

On his first day in office, Adams signed executive orders continuing the existing state of emergency put in place by former Mayor Bill de Blasio and extending the “Key to the City” order, which requires a vaccine passport for most indoor settings — including dining.

The New York Post reports, “Currently, about 82 percent of Big Apple residents have received at least one dose of a coronavirus immunization, including just under 93 percent of adults, according to city data. As of late December, records showed that just 40 percent of eligible New Yorkers have gotten that extra dose.”

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