Outgoing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) is going all-in before he leaves this January.
Fox News reports that de Blasio just announced a new, “first in the nation” coronavirus vaccine mandate for all private employees in New York City.
De Blasio’s announcement
De Blasio unveiled his new coronavirus vaccine mandate during an appearance Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
There, de Blasio justified the mandate as a “preemptive strike” against the latest coronavirus variant, the Omicron variant, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has deemed a “variant of concern.”
“We’ve got omicron as a new factor, we’ve got the colder weather, which is going to really create additional challenges with the delta variant, we’ve got holiday gatherings,” de Blasio said. “We in NYC have decided to use a preemptive strike to really do something bold to stop the further growth of COVID.”
What to expect:
De Blasio’s new coronavirus vaccine mandate will go into effect on December 27th. It targets employees of private employers in New York City.
De Blasio, during his MSNBC appearance, also said that “We’re going to have other measures as well to focus on maximizing vaccinations quickly, so we can get ahead of omicron and all the other challenges we’re facing right now because of COVID.” But, it is unclear what these other measures might entail.
De Blasio did reveal, though, that, in addition to the new vaccine mandate, he will be expanding one already in place that requires vaccination proof for access to indoor dining, entertainment venues, fitness facilities, and the like.
Now, those between the ages of 5 and 11 will also have to adhere to this mandate. And, New York City residents will have to provide proof of having received a second coronavirus vaccine as well, whereas, previously, they only had to show proof of having received one.
De Blasio’s mandate comes as President Joe Biden’s coronavirus vaccine mandate for employers with more than 100 employees appears to be facing an uphill battle. The Biden administration, thus far, has lost on just about every preliminary motion, including one that has halted the implementation of his mandate while legal proceedings are ongoing.
Many are now wondering whether de Blasio, given that he is leaving office and thus doesn’t have much to lose, is testing the waters here for others who would like to impose similar mandates upon their residents.
This is certainly going to be something to keep an eye on. The Democrats’ coronavirus power trip isn’t over yet.