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De Blasio takes 'preemptive strike' against COVID-19 Omicron with first-in-the-nation vaccine mandate on private businesses

Added 12-06-21 12:17:02pm EST - “New York City will impose a first-in-the-nation vaccine mandate on private companies, in what Mayor Bill de Blasio called a "preemptive strike" against the Omicron variant and a possible winter surge of COVID-19. The mayor went on…” - Theblaze.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theblaze.com: “De Blasio takes 'preemptive strike' against COVID-19 Omicron with first-in-the-nation vaccine mandate on private businesses”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

New York City will impose a first-in-the-nation vaccine mandate on private companies, in what Mayor Bill de Blasio called a "preemptive strike" against the Omicron variant and a possible winter surge of COVID-19.

The mayor went on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Monday morning to announce the mandate, which he said will take effect in three weeks, on Dec. 27.

“We in New York City have decided to use a preemptive strike to really do something bold to stop the further growth of COVID and the dangers it’s causing to all of us,” de Blasio said. “All private-sector employers in New York City will be covered by this vaccine mandate as of Dec. 27.”

New York City already requires vaccinations for hospital and nursing home workers, as well as city employees including teachers, police officers, and firefighters. Last week, the mayor's office also announced these mandates would be extended to private and religious schools.

This new mandate covering private businesses comes at the same time federal courts have temporarily blocked President Joe Biden's federal vaccine mandate on companies with more than 100 employees from taking effect.

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