NYC announces first-in-the-nation vaccine mandate for private companies

December 7, 2021

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced what he called a first-in-the-nation vaccine mandate for private companies on Monday, December 6, reports the local CBS-TV affiliate.

“This is how we put health and safety first by ensuring there is a vaccine mandate that reaches everyone universally in the private sector,” de Blasio said. “We’re going to do this so that every employer is on a level playing field, one universal standard.”

New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi said that, while the city is monitoring, the Omicron variantDelta cases have been going up in every borough since early November.

“Vaccines work, and vaccine mandates work—particularly when joined with efforts to build vaccine confidence, provide incentives, and improve access, as we have in New York City,” he added. “We’ve seen this with our health care workers, school staff, and public employees. Now it’s time for the private sector to step up and follow suit.”

The mayor said that the city will release specific rules on December 15, before the mandate takes effect on December 27.

New York City previously imposed vaccine mandates for city workers, but this would be the first-of-its-kind for private employees.

Mayor-elect Eric Adams said he will “evaluate” the mandate when he gets into office.

Research contact: @CBSNews