Sumary of Is N.Y.C. Doing Enough to Slow 3rd Virus Wave? Experts Raise Doubts.:
- Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday that some city employees who aren’t vaccinated will soon be required to get a weekly coronavirus test.
- But Mr. de Blasio has been hesitant to require the same of the other 300,000 workers on the city’s payroll — police officers, firefighters, correctional officers, clerical workers, janitors and more.
- Also, Mr. de Blasio said there are no plans to reinstitute a mask mandate.
- For now, the policy announced on Wednesday will be the extent of the city’s response to the more than 600 new virus cases per day in the last week.
- The Fire Department said that only about 50 percent of rank-and-file firefighters and emergency medical technicians are vaccinated.
- Dr. El-Sadr said that the city should consider a stricter policy for teachers, requiring them to get vaccinated if they did not have a medical or religious exemption and were going to be assigned to classrooms with children who were too young to be vaccinated.
- Another epidemiologist, Dr. Kitaw Demissie, said that at this stage of the vaccination campaign — seven months in and with flagging recent results, even as the variants grow more contagious — it was appropriate to start requiring negative coronavirus tests from municipal workers who had yet to get vaccinated.
- “It’s a very simple thing to ask,” said Dr. Demissie, who is dean of the School of Public Health at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.