Striking harder than President Joe Biden for vaccination responsibility in the United States, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio decided that by December 27 all businesses and private businesses in the city would have to vaccinate their employees to get to work.
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The Democratic councilor who will step down on December 31 to replace Mayor Eric Adams, who was elected on November 2, will therefore go further than Joe Biden, whose vaccination liability should take effect from January 4, but has been suspended by court. Decision – Applies only to employees of companies with more than 100 people.
“Here in New York, we decided to launch a preventive attack (against the coronavirus) to do something really bold to stop Kovid’s progress and the dangers it poses to all of us,” Mr De Blasio told MSNBC with a hammer. The channel surprised everyone by announcing the vaccine liability to nearly 184,000 businesses, companies and businesses.
“All private sector employers in New York will be affected by the need for the vaccine from December 27,” he said in a statement.
“I think it’s a good idea (…) for general purposes,” said Sarah Dejam, 30, who works in the legal field. “Even with the vaccine, many people are still sick with the virus.”
But the decision by the mayor, who is already extremely unpopular, was not welcomed by all.
Jeff Bollerman commented that “I am not surprised that our mayor is using such brutal ways of ignoring our traditions” of protecting personal freedom. “Nothing he does will surprise me.”
In addition, according to the mayor, excluding those who received single-dose serum from Johnson & Johnson, “New Yorkers 12 years of age and older will need to prove that they received both doses of the vaccine”.
In the case of children between the ages of 5 and 11, the town hall said, they must show a vaccine dose from December 14 to participate in “high-risk extracurricular activities such as sports, music and dance.”
“New York will not give up an inch of land in the fight against COVID-19,” insisted the Democratic mayor, who, like former New York governor Andrew Cuomo, was very active during the 2020 epidemic.
Mr. De Blasio had already imposed a compulsory vaccination on all municipal officials on November 1, and the action was well applied despite some protests from firefighters, police and garbage collectors.
An omicron variant of the coronavirus has now been confirmed in at least 15 US states – with a few cases in New York State.
The largest city in the United States has been ravaged by the epidemic, especially since the spring of 2020, with at least 34,000 deaths and more than 8.5 million inhabitants.
According to City Hall data, “New York has 12.5 million doses of the vaccine (and) nearly 6.5 million New Yorkers – 89 percent of adults – have received at least one dose.” , (As well as) 125,000 children 5 to 11 ”.
But these actions run the risk of being challenged in court.
Last Thursday, Joe Biden called on his fellow citizens to overcome their political divisions to fight the COVID-19 during the winter and the arrival of the new Omicron variant.
The 79-year-old Democratic president has been trying nationally to get vaccinated in public and private companies, but he has faced fierce opposition from many Republicans and has erred in initiating legal action against these detention measures.
Some Republicans on Thursday also sought to block a finance law to prevent the paralysis of US federal services, on the pretext that it would finance the implementation of vaccine obligations they oppose.
The evening budget was finally approved.