In New York City to Make Coronavirus Vaccination Compulsory for All City Employees

In New York City to Make Coronavirus Vaccination Compulsory for All City Employees

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will require all municipal employees of the metropolis to be vaccinated against COVID-19. He plans to issue a corresponding decree on the same day. About it informs The Wall Street Journal.

The decree will affect 46 thousand unvaccinated city employees, who until now could regularly submit to PCR tests as an alternative to vaccination. These city employees will be asked to get their first vaccination by Oct. 29 or prepare to be laid off.

In all, the new requirement will affect 160,500 New York City municipal employees, 71% of whom have already had at least one vaccination against coronavirus infection. This includes, among others, 70 percent of New York City police officers, 60 percent of the city’s fire department and 96 percent of teachers and city school employees.

For some municipal employees, the deadline for their first vaccination will be postponed in time to take into account certain features of their jobs. For example, December 1 will be the deadline for 8 thousand employees of municipal correctional institutions.

The order will provide for exemptions from vaccinations for religious or medical reasons.

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