New York City is ending its COVID-19 vaccination mandate for municipal employees. Including police officers, firefighters and teachers.
NEW YORK (AP) – New York City, which once had the nation’s. Strictest workplace vaccination rules for COVID-19. Is ending one such mandate, saying police officers, firefighters. And municipal workers will no longer be required to get shots. the teacher
The vaccine mandate, which led to the firing of hundreds of city workers who refused to get the shot. Will end Friday, Mayor Eric Adams announced Monday. Adams, a Democrat, said that with more than 96% of city employees. And more than 80% of city residents having received. Their primary vaccine series, “this is the right moment for this decision.”
City Health Commissioner Dr Ashwin Bhasan said. “Tt is clear that these mandates have saved lives and meeting. This moment was absolutely necessary. We are grateful that as we now leave the emergency phase of the pandemic. We can further amend the rules that brought us to this point.”
The vaccination mandate for city employees. Was one of the latest COVID-19 measures still in place in New York City. The city ended the vaccine rule for workers at private businesses in November 2022. And masks are now optional in most public spaces, including subways and buses. New York City’s private-sector mandate forced All-Star point guard. And vaccine skeptic Kyrie Irving to miss most Brooklyn Nets home games last season.
Irving will no longer be affected by any changes to New York City’s coronavirus policy. The Nets and Dallas Mavericks reached an agreement over the weekend. That would send Irving to Dallas, according to a person familiar. With the terms of the deal who spoke to The Associated Press.
The vaccine rule for the 1.3 million-strong US military was dropped under the $858. Billion defense spending bill passed by Congress in December. And signed into law by President Joe Biden.
About 1,780 New York City workers who were fired for failing. To follow municipal employee vaccination requirements will not automatically get their jobs. Back but will be able to apply for positions with their former agencies, city officials said.
Unions representing some of the fired workers. Planned a press conference later Monday to demand their reinstatement with back pay.