New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio doubled-down on his latest vaccine mandates across the Five Boroughs Friday, saying people will ultimately receive the injections if their “paycheck depends on it.”
“Human beings are pretty predictable. If you say, ‘Your paycheck depends on it, or your ability to enjoy life, and go do the things you want to do,’ people will make the practical decision … but we’re not pushing hard enough,” said de Blasio, who leaves office on Jan. 1.
.@NYCMayor De Blasio defends vax mandates: “Human beings are pretty predictable. If you say, ‘Your paycheck depends on it, or your ability to enjoy life, and go do the things you want to do,’ people will make the practical decision … but we’re not pushing hard enough" pic.twitter.com/ufYk2NAipg
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) December 17, 2021
A judge in Manhattan temporarily blocked de Blasio’s vaccine mandate for New York City employees earlier this month.
“On October 20, de Blasio imposed the order that required all city employees to have at least their first shot by October 29, or face being suspended without pay. It affected roughly 160,000 employees and was met with much opposition. Police and firefighter union leaders warned that the rule would lead to staff shortages,” reports Newsweek.
“On Monday, de Blasio announced a vaccine mandate for private sector workers, which was expected to take effect on December 27 and apply to roughly 184,000 businesses, according to a statement from the City of New York,” adds the magazine.
The Mayor released the following statement on the impending legal challenges to his order: “New York City will not give a single inch in the fight against COVID-19. Vaccination is the way out of this pandemic, and these are bold, first-in-the-nation measures to encourage New Yorkers to keep themselves and their communities safe.”