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NYC extends vaccine mandate to all public employees, eliminates test-out option

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NYC extends vaccine mandate to all public employees, eliminates test-out option

All New York City public employees will now be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19, with the option of testing out no longer permitted as an alternative, according to the mayor's office.

Beginning Oct. 29, all city employees, including police, correctional officers, and firefighters, will be required to take at least one dose of a vaccine or be placed on unpaid leave. The new mandate affects more than 160,000 workers, 71% of whom already got at least one dose.

"We have led the way against COVID-19 – from fighting for the right to vaccinate frontline workers, to providing nation-leading incentives, to creating the Key to NYC mandate," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "As we continue our recovery for all of us, city workers have been a daily inspiration. Now is the time for them to show their city the path out of this pandemic once and for all."

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Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi is expected to sign a Commissioner's Order on Wednesday to formalize the mandate, according to a press readout from the mayor's office. Beginning Wednesday, city employees will receive an extra $500 for taking their first shot, a benefit that will end on the Oct. 29 deadline.

"Vaccinations are critical to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. This mandate is a bold step that protects our families, friends, and communities, including those that are not yet eligible for the vaccine, such as our City's youngest residents," said Melanie Hartzog, deputy mayor for Health and Human Services.

Employees of the Office of Corrections will have extra time, with their vaccine mandate not taking effect until Dec. 1.

The city's strict vaccine mandates, which mandate that employees such as public school teachers get the shot and require proof of vaccination to enter restaurants, gyms, and other venues, have been met with pushback, with some previewing legal battles.

"From the beginning of the de Blasio administration's haphazard vaccine rollout, we have fought to make the vaccine available to every member who chooses it, while also protecting their right to make that personal medical decision in consultation with their own doctor," Patrick Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association, said. "Now that the city has moved to unilaterally impose a mandate, we will proceed with legal action to protect our members' rights."

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New York City has experienced 907,549 cases of COVID-19, and 65.8% of citywide residents are fully vaccinated against the disease, according to the city's Department of Health.

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