NYC to impose vaccine mandate on private sector employers
New York City to impose a vaccine mandate throughout the city including private-sector employers as the new deadly variant of coronavirus, omicron, has started to spread globally.
The deadly Omicron variant has been identified in 17 states of the United States of America, and health officials predict that it will potentially spread in a short period. Scientists all over the globe are trying to figure out whether it is more transmissible, fatal, or better able to tackle vaccines than the previous variants.
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Vaccine mandates across the states and cities vary a wide range but most officials have not declared openly the mandates covering the private sector till now as the mayor, Bill de Blasio, of NYC, has announced to impose vaccine mandates on private-sector employers as well.
Mayor Bill de Blasio conduct
The mayor, Bill De Blasio, is making a mandatory covid vaccine for the people of New York City, especially the private sector. All private-sector employers in New York City will need to vaccinate themselves by the end of this month as NYC’s mayor has announced a vaccine mandate to provide defense against the likely spread of the Omicron corona variant.
In an interview with MSNBC on Monday, the Mayor said that the mandate is set to take place on the 27th of December this year. It is aimed to prevent the rising rates of new coronavirus variants which had almost doubled in the past month.
Mayor added that a new rule will be implemented, applying to all private sectors. His office will disclose a set of protocols on about 184,000 businesses on December 15 giving further details of the mandate like enforcement strategies and sanctions on non-compliance.
De Blasio added however there will be no alternative in contrast to the president’s nationwide plan choosing a testing option. In other words, the only option will be to get vaccinated.
He told the news channel MSNBC:
“Omicron is here, and it’s highly transmissible. It has emerged in horrible times with the winter at its zenith.”
De Blasio said that after a long discussion with the private sector, the mandate is formed. The main concern of the private sector was the restrictions that halted their business last year.
The mayor said that many business leaders propose the government should set a single, universal standard, covering the entire New York City to impose the mandate.
“All we concern is the health and safety of our citizens, and we do it by ensuring a universal vaccine mandate.” de Blasio said.
The mayor has given all the private sector employers 21 days to comply with the vaccine mandate.
Randy Peters, the head of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, said that the new mandate is non-imposable.
“There are 62,000 small businesses in Brooklyn, alone. It can bring troublesome conflicts between employees and staff, ultimately leading to vacancies around the holidays that would be extremely awful,”
Kathryn Wylde, President of the Partnership for NYC added:
“It is my belief that the mayor’s conduct to impose a vaccine mandate on private sector employers during such a high time will do nothing but become a major problem for the entire city.”
New York State Attorney General Letitia James, supports the mayor’s vaccine mandate idea but it should include a testing option. James added:
“ Along with the mandate, we need people to wear masks in public settings, accessible testing option, and real health outreach to our communities. This cannot be done community to community. New York City must finally lead.”
Private sector remarks
Business groups appealed against NYC imposing a vaccine mandate on private-sector employers. The city’s top lawyer said that the health commissioner has a legal obligation to ensure the public health of the city and they are confident that the mandate will survive any challenges in court.
Devjani Mishra, a lawyer, called the mandate “A first of its kind in terms of covering all private-sector employers”.
Tyler Hollinger Festival Café owner said that his restaurant has faced unnecessary challenges during the pandemic.
“It is obvious the politicians are playing politics with small businesses,” said Hollinger.
Sean Hayden, an owner of many restaurants in New York City, including Valerie, said he is ok with the imposition of a vaccine mandate for private-sector employers.
“We were closed here for more than a year and I don’t want to go back to that. I feel like customers coming here spending good money have a right to know whether the employers and employees are vaccinated or not,” said Hayden.
The city Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi remarked:
“ Vaccine mandates function just fine only if they are particularly joined with the improvement of confidence and accessibility to vaccination, similar to what we have in New York City. We have seen this in our public sector employees. Now it is time for the private sector to follow up.”
To which Dr. Zeke Emanuel added:
“One of the most crucial steps that we are ought to take is to vaccinate people against their will. We know that it will not happen voluntarily. That’s where mandates play their part.”
The NYC vaccine mandate for indoor dining, hospitals, and other city public sectors has been imposed. A vaccine mandate on private sector employers across New York City will be imposed by the end of this month.
Almost 6.5 million New Yorkers have received at least one vaccine dose whereas the total population of the city is 88 million
“The higher officials all over the country should also take into consideration these vaccine mandates. The more universal they become, the more employers will be ok with it.” said the mayor of NYC.