- May 17, 2013
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The city's mayor is introducing a vaccine mandate for all private sector employees from 27 December.
All New Yorkers will need to be vaccinated if they want to go to work, the city's mayor has announced.
Public sector employers already have to be inoculated, but the mandate will now be extended to all private sector employees, Bill de Blasio told MSNBC.
The policy will take effect on 27 December, he said.
"We in New York City have decided to use a pre-emptive strike," said Mr de Blasio, who leaves office at the end of December.
"We've got Omicron as a new factor, we've got the colder weather which is going to really create new challenges with the Delta variant, we've got holiday gatherings," he said.
He said New York would be the first US city to mandate vaccines for private sector workers, affecting around 184,000 businesses.
He will also require small children to show vaccine cards, 5 to 11 years old, to eat at restaurants and public places.
MAD WITH POWER. THE INSANITY CONTINUES.