All New York City employees, including police, fire and education personnel, must be vaccinated or undergo a weekly test by mid-September, the city’s mayor announced.
The mandate deadline is Sept. 13, when the fall school term begins, and health care will become the first sector to be subject to the requirement next week, Bill de Blasio told a news conference Monday.
The mayor also urged private entities to consider establishing similar vaccine mandates for their workplaces.
De Blasio said last week that public health workers should be vaccinated or otherwise tested weekly for Covid-19, but has not announced anything for other city employees.
That prompted New York City to make an effort in San Francisco, which earlier this month became one of the first major cities in the US to mandate vaccinations for its officials.
New York City’s new mandate will apply to workers in operations such as the police, fire and schools, and workers in offices and in the field.
Those who are not vaccinated must undergo a weekly test for Covid-19, and those who are not vaccinated must wear a mask in indoor public areas. “September is when the rubber hits the road,” said de Blasio.
The mayor said private entities could consider mandating vaccinations for their employees. Last week, officials in three counties in the San Francisco Bay region urged employers in those areas to institute vaccine mandates, though the request was not binding.
The historic city of Savannah, Georgia has reinstated its mask mandate, due to the “steep” increase in daily Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in the city and state of Georgia.
A reinstated mask mandate went into effect Monday in St. Louis, Missouri, one of the US hot spots for the Delta variant of Covid-19.
The province of Los Angeles reduced its mask order earlier this month, while a group representing 300 bars in San Francisco has put in place a “no vaccine, no entry” policy — unless customers are able to deal with a Covid-19 negative. test performed in the previous 72 hours.