De Blasio Announces Vaccine Mandate for Private Companies
DE BLASIO: "Yeah. Mika, look, we just talked about an attack on democracy. We’re under attack a different way right now from the Coronavirus. And we’ve got Omicron as a new factor. We’ve got the colder whether which is going to really create additional challenges with the Delta variant. We’ve got holiday gatherings. 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. So, as of today, there’s a first in the nation measure. Our health commissioner will announce a vaccine mandate for private sector employers across the board. All private sector employers in New York City will be covered by this vaccine mandate as of December 27th. We’ll have some other measures as well to focus on maximizing vaccination quickly to get ahead of Omicron and the other challenges we’re facing right now with Covid."