, Dec 6 () –
The Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, announced this Monday that all private sector employees will have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 on a mandatory basis starting on December 27.
According to the mayor, the move is a “pre-emptive strike” to stop the “further growth” of COVID-19 cases as the cold weather sets in, people gather for the Christmas holidays and there is more information on the omicron variant of SARS. -CoV-2.
“We have the omicron as a new factor, we have the coldest weather, which will really create additional challenges along with the delta variant, we have the meetings for vacations,” he indicated in an intervention on MSNBC.
“We know that with compulsory vaccination and incentives we can defeat this virus,” said the mayor through his account on the social network Twitter, where he insisted that citizenship “jointly” can “save lives and advance.” Mandatory vaccination was already in force in New York for all public employees.
De Blasio has also announced that, from December 14, authorities will require a diagnostic test for COVID-19 for children between the ages of five and eleven to dine inside restaurants, gyms and entertainment facilities. In addition, the vaccination certificate will only be valid with the two doses of the vaccine from December 27, and not with one as so far, as collected by ‘The Hill’.
The new measures come days after New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced the detection of the first five cases of the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 in the territory.