Sumary of New York to Require Vaccination or Weekly Testing for City Health Workers:
- For months, Mayor Bill de Blasio has been reluctant to make coronavirus vaccinations mandatory for anyone, hoping that encouragement, convenience and persuasion would be enough.
- But with two million adult New Yorkers still unvaccinated and the Delta variant threatening the city with a third wave of cases, City Hall is trying out a new tactic: requiring workers in city-run hospitals and health clinics to get vaccinated or get tested on a weekly basis, the mayor’s spokesman said Tuesday.
- Still, it is Mr. de Blasio’s first move to require any city employee to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative coronavirus test as a condition of showing up to work, city officials said.
- There are still two million adult New Yorkers who have yet to receive a dose of any coronavirus vaccine.
- ETAs the initial crush of adults eager to get vaccinated began to subside in late April, the city tried knocking on people’s doors and offering shots in settings ranging from subway stations to museums, among other tactics.
- Getting more adults vaccinated is a pressing concern as the Delta variant has already sent case counts spiking to nearly 600 a day in the last week, more than double the daily average in late June.
- The vaccination rates across the Bronx and Brooklyn are below the national average.
- Black neighborhoods and Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in particular tend to have lower vaccination rates, with as few as 35 percent of residents fully vaccinated in some ZIP codes.