New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams will keep a COVID-19 vaccine mandate in place for private-sector employers, embracing a policy previously established by outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Adams unveiled his plan to battle the winter surge at a news conference Thursday at Brooklyn Borough Hall, making the vaccine mandate a key part of his strategy, which he called a “holistic approach.” Adams’ plan comes as New York City has found itself as an early epicenter of the omicron outbreak in the U.S.
“Our focus is vaccine and testing, vaccine and testing, vaccine and testing,” said Adams, who is due to take office Saturday. “We’re going to be saying that over and over again. Somebody should put that on a T-shirt, vaccine and testing.”
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Mayor-elect Eric Adams will keep NYC’s private sector vaccine rule, explore school + booster mandates amid surge
— 184,000 businesses, but no “heavy-handed” fining
— Possible mandate for students and school staff
— May expand all existing vaccine mandateshttps://t.co/PKoXmCpbVK
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) December 30, 2021