The city is no longer requiring student athletes and employees in the private sector to have the COVID vaccine.
Prior to receiving his second booster shot on Tuesday, Mayor Eric Adams made the declaration.
“To take part in extracurricular activities and sports, vaccination requirements will be eliminated. For our school-age children, we are doing away with that obligation. That removal doesn’t mean, however, that we don’t think booster shots and immunizations are vital “said he. “By removing the private sector mandate on November 1, we will also give companies more leeway. The decision is now in the hands of New York companies.”
Adams has removed the requirement for vaccinations for patrons of bars and restaurants as well as for professional athletes.
Municipal employees, such as police, firefighters, teachers, and sanitation workers, must still be immunized.
“We introduce changes gradually. That is not on our radar at the moment “Tuesday, the mayor stated.
Robert Atkins, a former sanitation worker, told CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge that when the requirement originally went into force, he was totally in favor of it.
When the crisis first started, he stated, “You saw all of the bodies, it was crazy.”
He does, however, agree with the majority of people Duddridge spoke with outside City Hall that all employees, whether they work for the government or the private sector, ought to be held to the same standards.
“The city employees must take the shot or risk losing our jobs. Why then can’t the private sector do the same?” Atkins questioned.
“I believe that comprehensive vaccination should be required for everyone. Everyone, regardless of their location (private or public), “Another individual added.
“Bring back city workers who were placed on leave or fired owing to their vaccination status,” demand the Common Sense Caucus, a small group of members of the City Council, in their request to the mayor to abolish the public employee mandate.
The Police Benevolent Association’s president added that the organization expects the city to “settle our current cases and reinstate with back pay our colleagues who were wrongfully terminated from their employment.”
The private sector’s vaccination requirement will end on November 1.