New York | New York announced Monday that it will make the vaccine mandatory for staff in its public schools, including teachers and principals, as the city tries to slow the transmission of the highly contagious Delta variant.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said all Department of Education employees must receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Sept. 27.
It is not possible to choose to test every week instead.
“We know it will help us make sure everyone is safe,” he told reporters.
New York City has the largest school system in the United States with 1.1 million students in 1,800 schools. The new directive will affect nearly 150,000 employees.
Nearly 63% of academic staff are vaccinated, while 75.6% of adults in New York City, home to 8 million people, have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to official figures.
Across the country, public administrations and private groups are trying to encourage their employees to be vaccinated.
Many unions and critical voices have spoken out against the obligation to be vaccinated, referring to the claim of individual freedom.
The U.S. Medicines Agency on Monday fully approved the first vaccine against Kovid-19, the Pfizer-BioMtech vaccine, which should push more companies to get vaccinated.
Prior to New York, Chicago and Los Angeles also made it mandatory for teachers to be vaccinated.
Bill de Blasio wants students to return to classes in September, the start of the new school year.
Vaccine proof is required to enter large apples, restaurants, sports halls and exhibitions trying to regain normal life.