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New York also makes vaccination mandatory for the private sector

New York also makes vaccination mandatory for the private sector

From major Wall Street banks to grocery stores, all private employers in New York City will have to ask their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 27, foreign media reports .

"Our health commissioner will announce a vaccination mandate for private sector employers across the board. This is how we put health and safety first, ensuring that there is a vaccination mandate that reaches everyone universally. in the private sector , " said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Vaccinations are already required for city employees, including teachers, police officers and firefighters, and a vaccination mandate for private and religious school employees was announced last week.

De Blasio cited the emergence of the coronavirus variant Omicron, cold winter weather and holiday gatherings as "additional challenges" to tackling the New York pandemic, which was hit hard by the virus in 2020, with at least 34,000 deaths.

New York City has on average just under 2,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day, up from about 820 per day in early November.

Omicron's cases have been confirmed in at least 15 U.S. states since it was first reported in late November, including several in New York, with de Blasio saying he was "very concerned."


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